07 November 2014

Five Minute Friday ~ Why "When will it be my turn?" is the wrong question...

One of those "GREAT" mama moments - when not only were they taking turns nicely,
they were also thoroughly enjoying someone else's turn and not clamoring for their own...
If you have kids, if you've ever cared for nieces and nephews, if you've ever worked with children, you've probably heard one of those children, somewhere, sometime ask "When will it be my turn?"

It might be said with pure inquisitiveness and a bit of anticipation.... or with dread as eyes fill up with tears (thinking of those meningitis vaccination moments where the whole family stood in line waiting for a poke)... or maybe under the guise of tattling... or it issues as a demand, insisting on something said child is convinced should be, hands down, their right - after all sibling so-and-so played Minecraft last night for at least two hours!

Kids don't have the corner on this market, either. We adults think... try and manipulate circumstances... to achieve the same thing; perhaps the only difference is we more cleverly cache our intent.

But, "When will it be my turn?" is the wrong question... and it flies in the face of Christ-likeness or following Jesus or God-glorifying - whichever terminology you prefer. It opposes a Christ-mind: "Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus... (Philippians 2.3-5)

What are some real ways
that you can choose to
give up your turn and give it to someone else instead?

Please share in the comments!

Today's word prompt was:  "Turn."

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