Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spray Paint

I love do-it-yourself projects. I do.

I'm only good at the ones that take a day or two, because any more than that and I rush to get done. I'm not good with long term projects.

When spray painting, I can hardly wait the 15 minutes between coats. I know it's better to do several light coats, but I get so impatient. My coats are usually too thick. And there are drips.

I always end up wishing I had taken my time.

The beginning of our adoption journey was a lot like that. When Hannah came she had some rough spots. I wanted them fixed. Immediately.

But just like trying to rush spray paint, rushing her was only making a big mess. I needed to give her some time. I needed to let the coats dry in between.

I'd pinpoint a problem, then I'd address it with her. Just like my spray painting technique I'd lay it on thick and then want to be done with it.

Believe it or not, she would do it again. I guess my one thick coat was not going to suffice.

So I had to change my approach. I had to switch to those light coats with some time in between.

I had to be patient and address the problem a little at a time. And since my kids are way more important than painting a ceiling fan, I'm glad I did.

I'm still an impatient spray painter, and there are days when I'm still an impatient mom, but I'm working on it.


Anonymous said...

I just recently came upon your blog and you have put words to all of the things I have been going through and given me such strength to keep going. God Bless you!! Laura

Beth said...

Great analogy! Line upon line, precept upon precept, right? Over and over again! A little bit every day. Mark Chansky gave a great illustration at a conference at KRBC once. He likened teaching your children the ways of God to filling a swimming pool with a bucket. He said if you put in a bucket every day, by the time they leave your home, their pool will be full. If you try to do it all at once, you're exhausted and they're still empty. But a little bit today, and a little bit tomorrow, and a little bit every day, and you'll get there in time.

A House Called Home said...

Beth - I love how you said that!

A House Called Home said...

Laura - Welcome! I'm so thankful for you and your journey! Please feel free to share anytime!

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