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Have you ever put in a music CD or a DVD only to find out that it skips or sticks, usually around your favorite song or at a critical part in the movie? It ruins the experience as a whole for you. After all, it is hard to enjoy only parts of something. To gain the full effect and intent, you need to listen to or watch the whole thing. So, you take it out, clean it off, rub it on your pants, and then try again. Sometimes it may work, others it may not.
I think often in our lives, we treat it like a CD or a DVD that we play over and over again. But, like a horror film, we intentionally skip over the hurtful parts. Then occasionally, we put the good parts on still. Either way, we don’t get the whole picture, the whole flow, if we live our lives that way. Unlike a CD or a DVD, we can’t just clean it off and hope it gets better.
In parenting, we put the CD or DVD on auto play. We treat our children, and expect them to act exactly, the same way every day. Life has seasons. Things change, exceptions are made. We need to parent with the same fluidity. Rules are necessary, but parenting requires instinct and flexibility as well.
How effective of a life can we live if we are always skipping, or getting stuck on, certain parts? Listen to the entire CD. Watch the whole DVD. Then ask God to help you re-write it the way He intended for it to be. Move forward and make the best sequel in history.