One evening after returning home from work, I was sitting in our family room talking to my husband and children. At some point in the conversation, my son walked up and slapped me in the face. His look of glee quickly changed to concern as he realized what he had done.
He was sent to his room immediately. As my husband and I starred at each other, blankly, we wondered what in the world had prompted him to do that. It really came out of nowhere. I can’t even remember the topic of conversation before that, but it was nothing argumentative at all. His slap did not come from anger or frustration.
After trying to solve this puzzle on our own, my husband and I called our son back to the family room. We asked him the reason for slapping my face. His response was that he saw it on a TV show. It was a “slap-swear.”
While I still don’t know why he decided at that moment we needed to “slap-swear,” I do know that it was certainly a wake-up call for me. For some time, my husband and I had questioned letting our kids watch certain shows that don’t portray the values we hold. I knew it would be a fight to not let the kids watch those shows, so I kept telling myself that they “weren’t so bad” or that it “could be worse.” I literally needed a slap in the face to recognize that it was a fight worth fighting. That day, my husband and I decided our kids were not going to watch those shows any more—fight or not. (We even found it was less of a fight than we thought it would be!)
I like to think of that as my wake up call from God. It has made me conscious of other areas in my life that could maybe use some similar attention. Thankfully, only one slap was necessary!
Are there areas in your life that need a change? Are there things you’re doing (or avoiding) because it’s easier, rather than because it’s right? I slap-swear you should pray about it!