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Yes, I know. What a cute picture. Don’t let the cute exterior fool you! You might be asking why I would say this. Well, here’s the story:

Part of my job, in addition to being chaplain at PDS, is to coach after school sports. We have a great intramural program and it is a great way to establish closer relationships with our students. I was coaching an intramural basketball game yesterday when the fire alarm went off. All of the teams playing and their parents were sent out into the Memphis cold (somewhere around 15 degrees yesterday). You know where this is going don’t you. I find out that it was indeed my lovely 2 year old daughter that had pulled the fire alarm. She was watching the game with Carrie and Bennett and obviously thought the red box was quite appealing. Either that or she knew my team was losing and tried to put the other team in the deep freeze! Needless to say, I have been given a little grief over this one by my friends and co-workers. As I was thinking about this today, I realized how cool and calm I actually was when I found out that is was our child who pulled the alarm. That is only the power of Christ in my life. A few years ago, my reaction would have been different (my oldest could tell you that). After reading for the second time a great book by Dr. Tim Kimmel, called Grace Based Parenting, God has really been working on my heart. I am so thankful that God doesn’t act that way when I mess things up. I pull the fire alarm multiple times every day in my life. I am so thankful to serve a God of grace, love and mercy. As we start off the new year, my prayer is that our homes are full of grace! May your kids see a picture of Christ’s love in how you act and react.

Question of the day to you parents: What is the most embarrassing thing your child has done in public? Looking forward to some answers!

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