Encouragement with a Southern Drawl

Silly Squabbles

Posted by on Apr 8, 2013 in Faith | 0 comments


I have the world’s cutest twin grandbabies. (Not that I’m biased or anything!) Eden and Ethan will celebrate their first birthday in a few weeks and both have just started walking—which means there’s never a dull moment at their house. They look a lot alike, but their personalities couldn’t be more different. Ethan’s as laid-back as they come and Eden is feisty and always in motion.

My daughter-in-law posted a photo of them this weekend. Eden is clutching the Pledge furniture polish that she claimed as her own, hanging on to it with a death grip. Ethan is about a step behind her, and in that wonderful way of siblings, he was after the Pledge as well. Seems Eden threw a hissy fit every time he even touched it.

I laughed when I saw the photo. I could imagine the scene like I was there with them. After all, I raised their daddy and his two brothers. And that made me think of two of the squabbles my guys had when they were little boys. They fought over who was going to sleep in the top bunk bed—and they were hot under the collar as they argued. Did I mention we didn’t even own bunk beds? Guess they were just ironing out the details in case we ever did have some.

And then there was the classic moment on the ride to school one day when my two youngest fought over who had the largest nose holes. Yes, really. They finally decided I had the biggest ones. I was so honored. Glad we got that settled!

You’re probably chuckling with me over the foolishness of these childish fights, but in reality, I guess some of us are just as guilty of our own silly squabbles as we fuss about how something is handled at church, or at work, or at home, or we’re miffed because someone else got the position or glory that we felt should be ours. Our world is in turmoil and people are dying without knowing Jesus—and yet we’re too busy fussing over things that don’t really deserve our time and attention—wasting time and effort that could be put to better use by serving Him.  

Think how different things might be in our churches and our homes if more of us put away the childish qualities in our lives, if we matured into the Christian men and women God desires us to be. Just something to think about today.     

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