God, my children are driving me crazy!

by Larry Hehn on May 6, 2013

frustratedSilently I screamed my prayer. “God, my children are driving me crazy!”

“They have this attitude of entitlement. Whenever they approach me with a need or want, they expect me to drop everything and give it to them NOW.”

“Sometimes it isn’t even a request; it’s a demand. Heck, sometimes they expect me to meet their petitions without even bringing them to my attention.”

“They’re ungrateful for just about everything I do for them. It’s like they expect me to hand them the world on a plate. And when I don’t, they whine and moan that it isn’t enough.”

“When I ask something of them, no matter how simple, they roll their eyes and grumble about how ‘unfair’ things are. They don’t want to lift a finger in return.”

“When I let them experience hardships, in hopes that they will learn and grow, they complain that I’ve abandoned them, that I just don’t care.”

“They ignore my instruction. It’s as if they think the rules I lay out for them are only to inconvenience and torture them. They don’t seem to realize I’m pointing these things out because I care about their well-being and want what’s best for them.”

“Seems like no matter what I do, it’s wrong in their eyes. I’m their advocate, but they view me as their enemy. They don’t want anything to do with me. I wish they could understand how much I love them.”

“God, my children are driving me crazy!”

God whispered in reply, “I know. I have children too.”

“About 7 billion of them.”

“One of them is you.”

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bill (cycleguy) May 7, 2013 at 5:49 am

And so goes my journal. :)
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Larry Hehn May 7, 2013 at 2:35 pm

We’ve both been busted!

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Liz McLennan May 7, 2013 at 8:37 am

Yep. Nice punch of truth at the end, Larry!
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Larry Hehn May 7, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Thank you, Liz. I sure felt it.

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Peter Graham May 7, 2013 at 11:00 am

Ouch. Me too.

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Larry Hehn May 7, 2013 at 2:38 pm

We can compare notes over breakfast on Thursday. :)

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Julie Stewart May 7, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Just re-title this post as….

God: My children are driving me crazy!

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Larry Hehn May 7, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Yep, that works too. Very creative, Julie!

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David Rupert May 7, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Hey. i would much rather read posts on other people’s kids.
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seekingpastor May 8, 2013 at 3:47 pm

And God drops the mic and walks out. Wow.
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talkin bout May 8, 2013 at 9:35 pm

With this post you are simply perpetuating your own selfish and hypocritical generation. Idiocracy.

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David Rupert May 8, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Talkin bout…You didnt read to the end, did you?
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Just Sayin May 13, 2013 at 4:50 pm

David … talkin bout may or may not have read to the end. It really doesn’t matter. This is a case where means do not justify the end, how facetious this is intended to be, if I was one of Larry’s children I would be very troubled to read this. It reads to me like nothing more than a rant that he justifies with “Oh well, I’m like that too”. Talkin bout was too kind. This is utter crap.

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Larry Hehn May 13, 2013 at 4:58 pm

If my children desire clarification about my intent behind this post, they are always welcome to address their concerns to me directly, without hiding behind pseudonyms.

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Just Sayin May 13, 2013 at 6:05 pm

They are children. They won’t challenge you. If you want their honesty and respect you must give them the same. Scripture is not sarcastic or facetious. Jesus would not “drop the mic”. Choose love – it is far more effective.

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Larry Hehn May 14, 2013 at 12:14 am

Great point about choosing love, JS. I apologize that this post came across as facetious or sarcastic, since neither were intended. The words that God spoke in this illustration were spoken in love to a frustrated parent, much like the words of Jesus to the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4 were convicting, yet spoken in love.

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Just Sayin May 14, 2013 at 9:15 am

I agree. In both cases, the words that God/Jesus spoke are gentle and true. Unfortunately, the things you have written about your children are anything but. Most children look to their parents as role models. To raise children who live by the golden rule, you must strive to live it yourself. Your dialogue may have been intended as some sort of hyperbole but it is full of bitterness and condemnation. Your children need and deserve to be loved and protected, not publicly criticized. I feel badly for them and believe that your choice to ridicule them in this forum is tragic.

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David Rupert May 14, 2013 at 9:42 am

This is simply a modern twist on Old Testament instruction from God. This is exactly the tone he took with his children. Larry ISN’T talking about his children. He took creative liberty and wrote a very good post.

I would suggest a fresh read of God’s word Just Sayin. “Gentle” doesn’t always describe the way things are said.
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Larry Hehn May 14, 2013 at 9:53 am

This post is an illustration, not a laundry list of personal gripes. I wish you had been in the room when my 15-year-old son read the post, nodded his approval, and expressed surprise that someone would consider it to be public criticism or ridicule of my children. He understood.
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Just Sayin May 14, 2013 at 10:25 am

Metaphor or not, I found it offensive. Enough said.

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Larry Hehn May 14, 2013 at 10:26 am

I appreciate your feedback, JS.

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