We watched the MTV VMAs with my oh so close to 13-year-old daughter last night. No, (although some of you might disagree) my parent fail wasn’t actually letting her watch the awards. We had the remote control in hand, and promptly changed the channel when we felt we needed to (which was often).
My missed opportunity – my parent fail – occurred during the Miley Cyrus debacle. We attempted to watch the performance – more out of morbid curiosity than anything, I think. What transpired during the viewing was our constant verbal barrage of judgement and disapproval. Granted, it was pretty awful. However, it wasn’t until I read a tweet this morning that made me realize what an opportunity I wasted.
@mrsburnttoast tweeted: “This AM we prayed for Miley Cyrus. My kids don’t know who she is, or what she sings about, but they know God loves her & that she needs Him.”
Man. I was reminded of just last week when our family was discussing the news story of the brutal murder of an elderly man and the shooting murder of another man by two teens because they were bored. I recall saying to my girls “and the toughest thing about being a Christian is that we are called to love those people because Christ loves us and sin is sin”. Yet, that same sentiment seemed to elude me during the VMAs? Really?
Hopefully, I’ll get a “re-do” on this one. Maybe it will be a topic of conversation again sooner than later – one I might even bring up myself at dinner tonight, actually. When discussing how we all screw up – I can certainly add my own name to the list.
LORD, forgive me for this missed opportunity to explain how that grace thing works. Help me see others through your eyes – and prompt me to act accordingly.