If your child ever complains that
the whole world is crashing in, all you have to do is make a cake from scratch.
That's right - a cake!
Say your child has just gotten a bad
grade, or had a fight with a best friend, or got cut from a team, or found out
someone was spreading a rumor about him or her. It can all pile up to be pretty
But make a cake with your child, and
you can teach a good life lesson.
"You like cake, don't you?"
you could ask your child. Of course! "Here, have some cooking oil, then,"
you could say.
"How about a couple of
"Would you like a nice
cup of flour, then? Or maybe some baking soda?"
"Mom, those are all
That's your cue to reply: "Yes,
all those things seem bad all by themselves. But when they are put together in
the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake!"
That's the answer for why we
have to go through bad things. God makes them work together so that, in the
long run, it turns out for our good. It says so in the Bible:
And we know that all things work
together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according
to his purpose.
-- Romans 8:28
Bad grade? That should just make you
resolve to study next time.
Fight with best friend? Apologize!
Cut from the team? Use the time off
to get better, or get into a new sport or hobby.
Rumor mill? Ignore it. The quality
people will know it isn't true.
Helping your child put life's little
bumps in the road into perspective is . . . a piece of cake.
By Susan Darst Williams • www.GoBigEd.com • Heart Lessons
012 • © 2006