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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Don't Cut off Your Nose to Spite Your Face" (without using the actual phrase or litera (02/14/08)

TITLE: Winning the War, Losing Some Battles
By Bob Truesdale
02/21/08


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My daughter just turned seventeen. She's been a great kid, straight A's, youth group, the whole

nine yards. Lately we've been having a little trouble with the mouth and attitide. I grew up in a very strict

home. Every offense was punished and sometimes harshly. Now that I'm a dad, I try and remember the

good things my folks did and chuck the bad. It's hard to remember that when you're tired, stressed

out, and speaking to your kids about the same issue, over and over. My wife continually reminds me to

pick my battles wisely but that's a hard thing to do when you're parenting 'in the moment'. Sometimes I

have to step back and ask myself if I'm looking to help my kids grow or just win the current argument. It's

ultimately not about winning, but earning respect. One thing I try and remember is that my parents never

apologized when they were overbearing or just plain wrong. So when I blow it with my kids, I go back later

and say, "I'm sorry I came down on you so hard." It really goes a long way. While raising children, its really

been helpful to be mindful of the verse,"Do you not know it is the kindness of God that leads you to

repentance?" That has humbled me more times than I care to remember.

One day I'll stand before God and give an account of my time on earth. Parenting is a ministry I'm

sure He holds very near and dear. I don't want to blame my parents for being too harsh or society for

being too easy. It's a daily battle and can only be done right with much prayer, humility and reverence. I

don't always get it right but at least I'm continually focusing on winning the war, even while I'm losing some

battles!


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Joy Faire Stewart02/21/08
I enjoyed the gentle, loving care in the father's heart for his children in this entry.
Beth LaBuff 02/22/08
You leave the reader (and especially parents) with a lot to consider. I like the verse you quote toward the end and your lesson and reminder that we will stand before God some day. Thank you for writing this.
Jan Ackerson 02/24/08
What a tender, precious attitude this narrator has!

I'm not sure what caused the funny formatting--be sure to check the "preview" before you submit.

This is a quietly sweet piece that leaves the reader feeling satisfied.