Today I read the book of Titus. I read it. And then I reread it. And then I skimmed my highlighted sections and wondered what I shouldwrite about. There are many verses that I marked up, all encouragements for Christian living but all directed at different audiences- which direction did I want to go?
As I paged through my notes, my daughter came up to talk to me. For a little back story, she’s not had a great day.
We’ve been running errands and she did not want to do that today. Plus, I’ve been asking her for 3 days to clean her room. It still isn’t done. So when we got home instead of opening the new toy we found at the store I told her first she has to clean her room.
She got mad. Locked her door and everything. So I went to do my reading. When she came out she said she was mad and that I was mean for always making her clean.
And then I looked down. I paused. I read the highlighted verse again. I smiled and told my daughter that I wanted her to clean her room for a lot of reasons. I won’t always be here, she’s old enough to be responsible for her space- and God commanded me to teach her how to care for her space.
I read her Titus 2:4-5 which says:
“These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God.”
Now before anyone gets up in arms, we are teaching my son to do these things with his family some day- I’ll get into why another day. But for my daughter this moment was huge. She was ready for a fight and instead we had a conversation about why I’m enforcing these “crazy” rules. She still isn’t thrilled- but she at least sees that I’m not just being mean. There is a purpose here. So, now she’s back to cleaning her room.
I know today was very different from how I normally approach these posts- but I loved how immediately these verses became relevant in our home. This weekend I will be in 1 & 2 Thessalonians for anyone following along!