Wasting our lives and glorifying God

Wasting our lives and glorifying God
Notice God's unutterable waste of saints, according to the judgment of the world. God plants His saints in the most useless places. We say - God intends me to be here because I am so useful. Jesus never estimated His life along the line of the greatest use. God puts His saints where they will glorify Him, and we are no judges at all of where that is. ~Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest, August 10

Friday, September 9, 2011

Real Conversation I Had Yesterday, II

Again at Luc's baseball practice.

A father: [My wife] said this is your seventh baby.

Me: Yep!

Father: You're crazy.

Me: [polite laugh]

Father: I wanted to stop after one, but she [his wife] had other plans.

Me: [more polite laughing]  Your kids are adorable!  I bet you wouldn't send any of them back!

Father: [completely serious now] Well, I don't know about that.

"If you can't say something nice....."
It's my new mantra.

No, he was not joking.  He sort of set his jaw and said it with a resigned sigh.  Not joking.  One of those moments when I really did not know what to say.  I hope he doesn't say stuff like that in front of his kids.  But, he probably does.  

You've heard of Dr. Dobson's bestselling book, "Parenting Isn't For Cowards."  I think I should write one called, "Parenting Isn't for Idiots."  Because there are a lot of dopey parents out there, I'm learning!


Sara said...

Argh! My husband deals with a coworker like this. He is constantly bashing (in a joking way) his own wife and kids, and then transfers it over onto our family when talking to my husband. DH has put up Bible verses and family photos all over his office so this guy would get the hint, but someday there's gonna be a real awkward conversation if he keeps it up.

I also can't stand it when people say, "You are so crazy, brave, better than me, whatever". Umm...no I'm not. I'm just as selfish and sinful as the next guy. I just know that obeying God is what's going to make me happy, and he said to be open to life and so here we are.

Happy Elf Mom said...

This fella needs help. I'm very sorry for him because he's focusing on himself, the things he is missing out on or whatever, instead of others. And children have a way of teaching us that... maybe he is not ready to learn.

Aww, poor kiddos. :(

Sue said...

That makes me really sad. Even if he never says things like that outright in front of the kids, I can't imagine that he is able, or even willing, to hide that attitude in the privacy of his own home if he doesn't see anything wrong with making that comment to a mother who is happily pregnant with her 7th child. :o(

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