This week the 4 Moms of 35+ Kids are discussing homeschooling through bad attitudes, and we don't mean the kids' attitudes.
Yes, that's right. Sometimes Mama's got a bad attitude. And, as the saying goes, when Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.
The cold, hard truth is that the way Mama continues homeschooling when she has a bad attitude is the same way she continues doing anything else when she has a bad attitude.
Put on your big girl panties, put your shoulder to the wheel, dig in, and get'r done.
There are many, many times that I do not feel like doing the grocery shopping, or teaching second grade Bible class, or hosting company, or getting everyone ready for church, or getting dinner ready, cleaning up a poopy mess, or paying bills. But I do not live my life by what I feel like doing. I proceed according to what is best and right.
I think often of the accounts of Jesus withdrawing to another town to get away from the crowds and be alone, or rowing to the other side of the lake, and what does he find over there? MORE people!
What does Jesus do when he wants to be alone, but instead finds more people needing him? He meets their needs.
He doesn't lecture them about how he needs "me" time. He doesn't have a meltdown or yell, or pitch a hissy fit. Yes, these are all things I sometimes have the urge to do when I feel overwhelmed with my own bad attitude.
Instead, because I am a Christian, a Jesus-ite, a Christ follower, I must do what He did. I meet the needs of those around me because it is the will of my Father.
Jesus shows me many times in the scriptures that it is possible and necessary to do things I do not want to do, and do them with a serving, loving attitude.
I must follow His example and pray for the strength to do what must be done, to do what's right, and to do it right. With a good attitude.
I think of Jesus dying on the cross and I look around me at what I am trying to do. It isn't dying on a cross. No one is torturing me. I am only dying to myself in my own comfortable home.
And sometimes I call my friend, Michele, to confess my weakness and ask for a pep talk. If you don't have a friend who will tell you to get off your booty and do the right thing, GET ONE. An honest, encouraging, Christian friend is an invaluable need at times when you don't want to do what you know you should be doing.
Now, it's time to see if any of the other 4 Moms of 35 Kids ever have bad attitudes: