Miriam and Aaron were all bent out of shape because Moses had married an Ethiopian woman. Their action is a classic example of taking things out of perspective and losing one’s focus in life.
A young teenager called her mom at home and informed her that she was running away to marry the love of her life. She went on to say, “Mom, if you could meet him you would love him. He’s in a motorcycle gang and has the most beautiful tattoos. His hair goes all the way to his belt and his earrings make him stand out in a crowd.” The mother begged her daughter not to act hastily, and beseeched her to come home so that Mom and Dad could reason with her. The daughter agreed and came home for the purpose of reasoning with her parents.Mom cried and pleaded. Dad’s jaws tight and teeth showing revealed his anger with his daughter. Finally the daughter said, “If I agree to stay at home and not get married, will you promise not to stay angry with me over all the events of the day; and will you promise to forgive me of all the things that have happened today?” Both Mom and Dad consented. Then the daughter said, “Well, Mom, Dad, I really am not running away to get married. There is no guy, much less a guy in a motorcycle gang with tattoos, long hair, and earrings. There is no guy in my life at all.” Now Mom and Dad both breathed a sigh of relief, embraced their daughter and assured her of their love...which the daughter gladly received. Then she said, “While there is no guy, no motorcycle gang, no long hair, no earrings...while these things are not true, it is true that today I got my report card and I have two Ds and one F.” At this point neither Mom nor Dad got upset at her grades. They were still rejoicing in the fact that their daughter was not running away to marry a guy in a motorcycle gang. That day the parents got a lesson on keeping things in perspective.
✞ I do not think Ds and Fs are acceptable, but they are also not the worst things that could happen. Remember, problems are nothing more than an opportunity for improvement.
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