In many ways this has been a very difficult week. My heart has been aching and stretching. Parenting is truly a journey of the heart.
This week Morgan had to make a very difficult decision to report something to her coach. She came home from practice overwhelmed by the circumstances. A fellow teammate’s poor choices (and I feel they really are a great individual who made a stupid, stupid choice!) have resulted in the entire team needing to speak with a detective this week. This individual has a 10 day suspension and will not be competing at end of season championships today. Their presence and talent will truly be missed today. And my heart breaks – what made them make such a foolish choice?! I’m reminded how one choice has far reaching consequences to so many others – like the ongoing ripples from one pebble tossed in the pond.
But let me speak from my momma heart about Morgan.
- She chose integrity. She chose to the right thing. Even though it was gut-wrenching hard. She’s a teen and she made the right choice. Will she always? Probably not, she’s a human, not a saint. But I am so very proud of her.
- We’ve had powerful conversations. Like, “Mom, I know I can say “I forgive you” but how do you really forgive someone?! Like deep down in your heart? Because I want to forgive.” So we talked about grace and how trust is different than forgiveness. Maybe it’s time for her to read my memoir. For me, it was a 10 year journey, I hope I can help her figure it out sooner than I did!
- We’ve had great conversations about how situations like this reveal the character of others. We’ve discussed how different people on the team have handled it and about the value of friendships. I’ve loved the depth of our conversations this week.
And while I will enjoy watching the strength of her spin and catch consistently today, it is the strength of her character that I am treasuring most in my heart today. Lord, Thank you for letting me be this girl’s momma!
Love both my girls! Easter...