In-your-face stuff from an opinionated
rural north Idaho housewife.
At 14 humility forced me to concede that there were might one or two things I didn't know.
This made the Internet rounds many years ago. I printed it out and gave copies to my daughters as they grew into teenagehood. Didn't do much good, though. When I was a youngster, it always confused me why so many kids my age thought they knew everything. As I grew, I realized it wasn't just a kid thing. MOST people, despite their age, feel that way! I've always wanted to learn from those who'd been around a lot longer than me, but often those who'd been around and had done so much over the years didn't want to bother teaching me (my Dad comes to mind.) For instance, I wasn't a very good ping-pong player, but those who could play well didn't want to be bothered teaching me to be a better player. I played them anyway, and lost, and lost, and lost... enduring such endearing names as "guppy," "sucker" and worse. Then one day I won! I beat a very good player! And he stopped playing ping-pong with me. He'd beaten me at least a hundred times, but as soon as I beat him just ONCE, he wouldn't play me anymore. It was as if people I knew didn't want me to do well in anything.But I persevered. I've come to realize this is a terrible attitude for anyone to have, let alone so many! But it is NOT limited just to teenagers. We all need to learn to swallow our pride and love each other the way Jesus told us to. Admit to our faults and apologize when we're wrong. If we did, I think it would be a much nicer world!
My husband has this hanging in his classroom. He's a high school teacher. :)