On another Sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught, and there was a man there whose right hand was withered. The scribes and the Pharisees watched him to see whether he would cure on the Sabbath, so that they might find an accusation against him. Even though he knew what they were thinking, he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come and stand here.” He got up and stood there. Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save life or to destroy it?” After looking around at all of them, he said to him, “Stretch out your hand.” He did so, and his hand was restored. But they were filled with fury and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus.
Sometimes we have to think outside of the box, and be unconventional…even if others think it is wrong to do so, even if it seems like some people are watching and waiting for us to make a mistake.
Sometimes we have to think outside of the box simply because it is NOT how we have always done it, or how mom would have handled it. We need to do things differently because being a single parent is different from parenting as a team, and because every family’s situation is different, each child and each parent are unique in some ways.
Although it is important to be able to think outside of the box, to do so can be confusing, as it is so easy to lose our way.
I like to go hiking on the trails near home, but the other day I went to a new place and took new trails, and at times found myself lost, not sure where to go next; fortunately, the trails were marked and easy to follow. Still, at one point I was not sure if I was going in the right direction, until I heard the sound of a mother yelling to her kids through the woods, and then I knew I was moving in the right direction: back towards the parking lot!
While we all have uniqueness, there are many ways that we are alike, and can learn from each other, and give each other direction when we feel like we are lost in the woods of single parenting! We can get new ideas and new directions from others who have traveled these trails before us, and learn how to think outside of the box, without getting lost!
Let us Pray:
God, please walk with us as we travel the unknown trails of single parenting; thank you that we do not wander the trails alone and without guidance. Please help us to be open to the direction and suggestions of others who have gone on before us, as we seek to think outside of the box to try new solutions and directions as we travel the path of being parents.