Do the Right Thing 

So, if you google the definition for the word enemy, you’ll see this: “a person who is actively opposed or hostile to someone or something & a thing that harms or weakens something else.”  So, hearing that, let me talk to the parents out there.  One person that we can agree would fit this definition of an enemy is someone that causes harm to your child.  I recently found myself doing just that, finding a coach that caused my child harm and I declared him (them) an enemy. 1 Pet 3:9 not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. Rom 12:17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Pro 24:17-18 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; Lest the LORD see it, and it displease Him, Antd He turn away His wrath from him. Now I hear your thoughts but let me make it clear, I’m tougher on my kids (sometimes to a fault) than anyone so this is not one of those things where I think my kid is the best and cannot do any wrong.  This is far from it, it is very clear that they are as talented and in most cases more talented than a majority of the players on their teams.  The coaches will tell you how hard they work, and practice and I stay on them about being good teammates.  Therefore, I’m confident in my assessment. Now whether I’m right or wrong is not the issue here.  The issue as a believer in Jesus, what actions do I take because of this enemy’s actions especially towards my child.  I found myself unable to enjoy a game even at times routing against my Son’s teams, even though my Son and his teammates did nothing to me and do not deserve that.  Just because the coaches had gone out of their way at times to cause harm to my kids the Bible reminds us that we are called to be blessing and vengeance is not on us but for Gods to do: not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing and Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; Lest the LORD see it, and it displease Him, And He turn away His wrath from him. Now I will tell you that my actions gave my Sons the right to follow my lead.  That is the problem with disregarding the Word, those watching you the closest will mirror your actions.  Now your causing them to stumble.  Rom 14:13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.  I like this verse here because I can see that my judgement of the coaches, placed a stumbling block in front of my kids ultimately causing them to be as disgruntled as I was. I recently had to speak to my Sons about my actions being wrong and acknowledging my shortcoming and the struggle I will have changing my actions at their games.  As well as having them step up and be the best teammates that they can be and also take the responsibility for themselves to not allow someone to treat them a certain way; even if that means stepping away from something, they love in order to do it.  This will also take my hand off the judgement of others and now the Lord will no longer turn away His wrath from him (enemy).   All judgement belongs to God, when we move out of His position and just enjoy Him being God, He will keep our enemies at peace (Prov 16:7 When a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him).

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