As my little boy grows, he is of course becoming more verbal every day. He loves to make many sounds. Some seems like words, others are definitely just sounds. He has all the sounds that end in “aa” down, except mama. I’ll hear dada, baba, lala, gaga, rara, and the list can go on. But no mama. I hope one day soon to hear that little word come out of his mouth. Somehow I think he’s going to be able to use that against me at first, since I already melt at the various little things he says, let alone if he looks at me with his big eyes and asks me something starting with “mama”.
This morning I was reading in James are was hit again by this verse.
Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. (James 1:19-21)
As Caleb has been learning sounds, he has become very good at mimicking. Last week he would do a shocked sounding “ohhhhhh” every time he saw something new. Then this week he has been coping my “uh-oh”. The other day was an eye opener to me. I was frustrated about something and I was ranting to myself and then at some point I said “oh dear”.
My baby boy looked up at me and sayed “oh deee”, “oh dee”, “oh dee” and then laughed at himself.
This challenge in James was a reminder to me that I now have a little person watching and waiting to copy everything. My need to be “quick to listen and slow to speak” is huge. As I watch what I say and model a good example to Caleb, I hope that through me many seeds with be planted that lead to the saving of his soul.
This translates to every other relationship of course. It’s funny how a little guy like Caleb can remind me of so many important life lessons!
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