And conveniently interspersed throughout this perfect sounding first week, we've dealt with CONTENTION or, as we unaffectionately refer to it in our family, the "butt of the devil." This absolutely repulsive phrase came about, on accident, during a Family Home Evening, when one of our sons planned a scripture chase for our activity. After giving us clues to about five or six scripture references and getting frustrated that we were finding them too quickly, he decided to give us clues that were not so apparent. For example, instead of saying "I will go and do" as a clue, he gave "He shall prepare a way." Instead of saying "born of water and spirit," he clued us with "he cannot enter." And, for "contention is not of Me" we got "but . . . of the devil." And with a houseful of kids it was immediately translated to "butt of the devil." And it stuck. like. glue.
So in an effort to rid our home from this awful plague, I've had to individually sit down with each child and help them recognize the triggers that cause them to contention. Each child has made a list of things they can do when the inkling of the spirit of contention begins to move upon them and another list of consequences they will undergo if they are found contending. SIGH! We will see how it works. Along with a lot of prayer on my part.
Because as much as I love summer vacation, I despise the butt of the devil.