Finally, I have found a use for all of those crazy, zany bands! or Zandy Bands as Jett calls them.
Back in August, the kids and I started memorizing the Sermon on the Mount. We have had dry seasons along the way and are not as far as we should be; however, we are soaking in the words of Jesus. We are chewing on the meat of the matter. We are being changed. We are finishing up the last few weeks of school memorizing Jesus’ words about murder, anger, and name calling. It is no secret that anger is a sin that I struggle with. It is a sin that my kids struggle with. It is something that God has been working on in me for a number of years now. You can read about it in Anger Management?
Matthew 5:21-22, the words of Jesus
“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.”
Sometimes we just need a physical, visual reminder of our sin. This is where the Zany Band comes into play. Each Lotz kid got their own Zany Band, along with myself. Each time we lose our self-control, call a name, or get angry with each other, we have to switch the band to the opposite wrist. It doesn’t sound like much, but oddly enough, it really seems to signal to my brain and to my heart that I need to carry on in patience and love toward my children. Yes, I have had to switch my zany band. Yes, I have to apologize and ask my kids to forgive me when I lose my temper. Yes, it is humbling.
Today, Wilson acted unkindly to one of his siblings. I immediately called him on it and asked him to switch his zany band. He didn’t want to have to switch it, and I saw his heart grow heavy for sinning against his sister. Hannah says it is helping her, too. Even though it annoys the heck out of me, I will not lose my blue Tinker Bell zany band anytime soon…not till my heart is completely changed.
On this Good Friday, I am thankful for the cross and the sacrifice Jesus made for my sins against Him. I am thankful for the Holy Spirit and the process of sanctification on this journey Home.