Stop-a-No and other records of wrongs



Jenny didn’t listen well to yesterday’s sermon – in fact she actually slept the whole way through it.


1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.

Currently if she does not like what you are doing or if you try to stop her doing something she really wants to do she will turn and shout at you ‘Stop-A-No’. She is two years old so understandably she has strong opinions on most things in her world and she never ever forgets a wrong done. She definitely keeps records of wrongs – against the cat that touched her toes especially. One of the more recent wrongs that has impacted her was me, her own mother, taking a shower after her bath in the evening, instead of in the morning. She stood in the bathroom shouting: ‘Stop-A-No! It’s my bath!’ I did try to reason that actually it is mummy and daddy’s bath that we let her use, but two year olds are not to be reasoned with. However this grave offense has been raised in pretty much every dispute since. Her final lines in any argument now is ‘Stop-A-No! It’s my bath!’ even if the conflict is over changing out of her pjs. It can even be said quietly under your breath for extra effect!

While she is very amusing with her stuck record of wrongs she reminds me just how ridiculous it is for me to do the same. Love says we have done with that issue and won’t go back there anymore – it is not always easy but it is necessary for relationships to grow and move forward. So next time I feel the urge to drag up the past I plan to say instead ‘Stop-A-No! It’s my bath!’


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