The (Good) Wet Blanket - I Do Every Day - September 22

The (good) wet blanket

By Janel Breitenstein 

Whenever my dad visits, he asks why I don’t turn on more lights. (As if we haven’t talked about this before.) 

“Why’s it so dark in here?” He squints, mole-like.

I explain that with four rowdy children, I need all the help I can get to slow the pace. Or at least lower my blood pressure. Lower light, lower voices, lower insanity. All makes sense to me.

I suppose implications are there for arguments. Proverbs 15:1reminds me, “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” It’s the equivalent of a wet blanket on a fire. Graciousness begets graciousness. Calm begets calm. (Low blood pressure begets low blood pressure.)

What could happen if you created your own God-honoring, lights-down environment?

Check out these tips to keep you from losing your cool with your kids.

The good stuff: Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. (1 Peter 3:9)

Action points: In your next argument, stop just before you’re ready to raise your voice. Deliberately choose a soft answer. See what happens.

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