Wednesday: Offender decides to play tic-tac-toe on her carpet with a blue marker and reports that the marker "accidentally" slipped to make those marks.
Thursday: Offender peeks into one of her wrapped birthday presents
Friday: Offender drops pieces of food from her dinner under the table and announces that she cleaned her plate
What's a mom to do?
To be honest, in this season of life with four children ages 6 and under, I admit that sometimes sin goes unchecked. Not wanting to take the time to get to the bottom of every little thing it's easier to say, "That was wrong. Apologize.", but I've read enough of Ted Tripp's Sheparding a Child's Heart to know that correcting the outside behavior without addressing the heart of the sin at hand just does not cut it and definitely does not bring about a repentant heart.
I'm just sorry it took three red flags in a row for me to take serious heart action.
So, case closed?
Unfortunately, no. Sin will rear its ugly head again.
Mercifully, we have somewhere to turn.
Hebrews 3:12-13 (New International Version)
12See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.