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The Art of Sitting Down

The Art of Sitting Down

Marybeth picked up her two boys from school and listened as they told about their day. Her concern grew as her eleven-year-old, Andrew, shared about a boy who was being unkind to him day after day. Nothing upsets a mama more than a bully.

Andrew’s gentle nature and kind heart made him an easy prey for mean boys. His mama listened, and then told him that he needed to stand up for himself. “You can still be kind, but also stand up for yourself,” she explained to him. As she talked to Andrew about ways he could take a stand, her eight-year-old, Zane, piped up in the back seat.

Zane, while younger, was full of personality and spunk. When he asked to speak, Marybeth thought perhaps he could share some kid wisdom for his older brother. Zane’s curly head bobbed while he talked. “I agree,” Zane shared. “Andrew needs to stand up for himself. But, mama, sometimes I think I need to sit down for myself!”

Marybeth couldn’t hold back the giggles, and the whole car erupted with laughter. While funny, Zane actually had a point.

Sometimes we do need to take a stand and share what we believe or champion the fight for the underdog. But many times, we need to sit down for ourselves. It’s easy to feel the need to share our opinion about every little thing. Whether it’s on social media, in conversations with our spouse, or when our kids tell us stories and we find the need to turn everything into a lesson. There are times for lessons, and there are times just to listen.

Pride and the need to make ourselves heard often get us into trouble. Ask God for wisdom to show you when you need to take a stand and when you need to sit down for yourself.

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. Romans 12:3

By: Carol Hatcher is a former elementary teacher turned writer. This sassy southern author and speaker lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Come visit her at

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