I think there’s a fine line between being spiritual and spirited. While I sometimes see signs of deep spirituality in my kids, I can always count on them for some purely spirited shennanigans. I must admit, I learn a lot about the spunky side of faith from my little boys.
I notice my youngest has developed his own style of turning the other cheek, which I think is worth sharing. Instead of taking brotherly button pushing to heart and engaging in bickering, sometimes he literally dances it off- it’s hard to describe. No matter what teasing comment they throw at him-he stays in good spirits, snaps his fingers and wiggles his little body to show he’s impenetrable to getting upset. Pretty soon we’re all laughing right along side him. How could we not?
Granted, these are little teases from brothers, who have doted on him since birth, and he’s in an environment where he knows he’s deeply loved- but still! Sibling rivalry can be tough. I think he’s on to something here that can be applied to our grown-up struggles with the difficult peope in our lives.
Do we really need to take the little digs people throw at us personally? Or can we be so joyfully sure of God’s love for us that we dance them off like my kindergartener, never giving them a second thought?
Do you struggle with taking things personally? Do you find yourself getting baited into arguments, instead of turning the other cheek or do you know how to “dance it off” like my son? Does forgiveness always have to be hard or can it be joyful and playful sometimes too? Share your thoughts in the comments below, and I’ll keep you in my prayers.
God, give us the grace to truly be like the little children, who you loved so much. Help us to realize how deeply loved we are by You, so when people behave hurtfully, we can turn the other cheek with a smile on our faces. Give us the grace to see the best in people dance off the struggles of life, so we can bring Your joy and light into the world.
Matthew 5:39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.