This girl teaches me so much about how to love and how to live...
This season in her life there are many opportunities. She tried out for a part in the church Christmas play. She also got a part in the school Grandparent's day program. She was going to try out for the school production of "Jungle Book" and when she came home from tryouts the conversation went something like this:
Me: So how'd it go?
T: Good. I told Mrs. Oliver I just wanted a little part.
T: I told Mrs. Oliver I just wanted a little part. I mean I might get a big part in the church thing and I can't really do all that well. And I might not get a part in anything at all. But you know mom, it's really not about me. (and here she went on to talk about how good so-and-so did and how she hoped so-and-so got a part)
Me: (In my head: You told her what? and my flesh screamed "but you're so talented and good."
And then my spirit took over: Hey Amy whoo hoo....yeah you! Did you even hear your child's heart? She said "it's not about me" She's talking about how great other people did and who she hopes gets a part. Go back to that...encourage that...praise that!
And then my flesh said "but what if she gets nothing? what will that do to her?"
And the spirit I'm sure shook its head and threw up its hands but kept coming "Girrrllllllll....would you listen to yourself? What if she got everything and it would be too much? And do you not think God can handle it if she gets nothing? And what kind of growth experience would it be for her? Remember how much she grew when she didn't get a part in "Suessical"?
And so she got her part in Jungle Book as a wolf and as Hark in the Christmas program. And she is beside herself. I had the sweetest time with her last night discussing boys, life, growing up, friends, and mostly Jesus and God and the great, great love that He lavishes on us. She had lots of questions and prayed a lot in my head for the answers God wanted her to have at this time in her life.
I am blessed and thankful!