I went to MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) on Tuesday morning at church. I was very inspired. The speaker was a pastor at a local church plant and his message centered around how we shape our children. I can't just hope my child will be a certain way, I need to model the behavior myself. That's a pretty "duh" statement but I needed to hear it.
At the end of his message he said something I didn't agree with, though. I'm not sure if he was trying to be funny, if there was truth behind it, or what, but it got me thinking. He said when he speaks to men he likes to think of it as throwing a stainless steel coffee mug around, letting it get banged up, because it can take the abuse. But when he speaks to women he must treat them like china and be gentle, because they are breakable. Huh? This got me thinking about how I receive messages and whether I am more breakable or more durable.
I am spiritually dry. Yuck. One thing that helps is when people are honest with me when they see me going in a wrong direction. I'll give you an example of how this has recently occurred.
I was at small group several weeks ago talking about my lack of understanding the need for prayer, if God is omnicient and omnipresent. I was going around in circles about my thoughts and disbeliefs, and my dear friend said, "You need to stop overthinking everything." I appreciated her saying this. I don't actually agree with her statement, but it was a great example of her being bold enough to say something when she saw me faltering.
I wish I had a little more of this in my life and was treated more like stainless steel rather than china. Being treated like china seems to allow me to make excuses rather than encourage me to change. I don't doubt for many women they are more like china in this area, but I guess I'm a stainless steel kind of a girl.