Have You “Turned Out”? I Sure Hope I Haven’t!

Sunday, Tucker was torturing my nieces, Tori 14, and Ivy 13, about boys. I won’t tell you exactly what, or whom, he was teasing them about because they would KILL me! Especially Tori!

If you’ve ever been a teenage girl, you know how annoyingly humiliating teasing can be. Especially when the whole family is joining in! Plus, if you’ve ever been around me, or Tucker, you know how relentless we can be. 🙂

Tori’s much like me in the fact that, teasing about a boy or “liking” someone used to infuriate me! Ivy, on the other hand, was choosing to ignore most everything he said, except for the occasional smart remark she’d throw out. I could tell that Tucker had taken it too far with Tori, because she had left the room, and had been gone for awhile. We determined that she was either mad, or was in the bathroom doing number two. We walked by both bathrooms and sniffed. Nope. No number two. Yep. She was mad.

I told Tucker to ease up, that teasing was fun, but that you shouldn’t take it to the point that the other person gets upset. I assured him that we didn’t do him that way when he was young. Those words struck a chord with him. He stared at me, mouth agape and eyes wide. I looked back at him as if to say “What?!” He looked me dead in the eyes and said, “Mom, you and Kenny tortured me to the point of crying SO many times!”, and he was SO right. My response? “Yeah, and look what happened to you! You just got out of prison!” We laughed for a minute, then Tucker starts yelling “I’m sorry Tori! I won’t say another word! Please forgive me! You can’t turn out like me!” Needless to say, we laughed some more. However, I do believe that Tucker fibbed, because the teasing didn’t stop, it only eased up a little.

There’s one thing I wish Tucker hadn’t said. “You can’t turn out like me”. Yes, he’s made mistakes and done some things the hard way, but he has yet to “turn out”! God’s definitely not finished with him yet! If you think about it, none of us have “turned out”. God’s continuously working on all of us. As our small group leader, Dave, put it; “The minute you accept Jesus as your savior, you’re redeemed. Your sins have been forgiven to be remembered no more! Thrown as far as the east is from the west. However, we’ll never be truly “saved” until Jesus returns.” I’d never thought of it that way, but it’s SO true. As long as we’re alive in this fallen world, we’ll always deal with trials and troubles.

Do I want Tori or Ivy to take the same path Tuck has taken? Heck no! God’s made promises to me though! And I know how Tucker will turn out! So, if Tori and Ivy want to turn out like Tucker, that’s fine with me. They’d just better take the short, easy way there!! I’d hate for all of us to have to kick their butts!

I have told you all this so that you will have peace of heart and mind. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows; but cheer up, for I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

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