Band Aid

My kids really love getting band aids. Maybe it's an art thing, or something sort of elusive but still somewhat attainable, that attracts them to band aids, but the whole thing is kind of ridiculous to me. When we found My Little Pony bandages at the dollar store, it was a practically a race for whoever could get hurt first to claim one. Every "booboo" is a chance, even if it doesn't warrant one, and trust me: most of them don't deserve the prize.

They often come to me with bruises and claim a band aid will make them feel better. Usually I say no, I need to see blood (too morbid?). I should probably just give it to them, but I don't want them to be too sensitive to pain, since they will likely be pro skateboarders, and need to get used to getting hurt. What I end up coming back to is that they should be happy when they don't need a band aid -- it means they didn't get hurt! This doesn't register, and today the band aid dance reminded me of this bible verse:

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and celebrate, because great is your reward in heaven; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets before you. (Matthew 5:11-12)

This is one of those verses that doesn't really make sense. I'm supposed to be happy when I am insulted and slandered? How about I just sue them instead for defamation of character and then we can let it go? But Jesus says to rejoice, and I think it is because he sees the big picture. We are to think eternally, making these troubles that seem so real and relevant right now merely bumps in the road to our real home, a better place. Not only that, but Jesus says suffering for the right cause and in his name can actually make our lives in this eternal place better! Jesus is asking us to think bigger and see things the way he sees them, which is with an extremely wide perspective. If we do, it will change how we interpret some of the worst parts of life, turning them around completely.

Back to the band aid...I want my kids to see beyond the cool little Twilight Sparkle bandage, and into a healthy, grateful life. Rejoice when you aren't hurt, because a lot of people are. So what if you don't get a cool band aid, or get to stay home and watch TV all day because you are sick? Some people are sick every day and face pain like this all the time. Think bigger, widen your perspective, and your life will be that much more full of gratitude, transforming the bad times into something positively all-encompassing and ultimately, richer.

The faux-band my cousin, sister and I started in high school.