Shout out to all you who parent, love, or work with challenging kids. Autism, O.C.D., O.D.D, A.D.D., A.S.S…(ha jk about that last one).
I have one (Michael) who is a whole lot of aspergers and a little bit of the other ones. He is also very capable, almost a genius in fact. He was starting to read at three and was put in a gifted program this year.
He is super smart but not the most *ahem* driven or compliant child to ever grace a classroom.
This year he has been quite a pain to his teachers- argumentative and refusing to complete work. He was shocked to learn that he might be held back a year, and have to repeat fifth grade if he doesn’t get his act together. “But I’m in the Quest program…” Sometimes (all-the-times) we can’t sail through life on sheer giftings alone. We need to be willing to work hard, to persevere, to see it through.
My son Michael also had one too many infractions on the bus and got put on the ‘short bus’. He came home after his first day riding and was humbled. He had to be strapped in and the other children riding had much more severe problems than him. I think it was a bit of a wake up call.
Like Michael, we all have God-given giftings, abilities, talents, and passions. But we also have many weaknesses, frailties, and struggles. We have to wade through, work hard, never give up… if we want to realize our God-given potential.
Michael has the ability to be well-behaved and do great at school. If he will or not is ultimately up to him. Just like any of us.
So take this as an admonishment to do your best with what you have. We all have cards stacked against us. We might have to yell at some mountains in faith. We might have to be stronger than we ever thought possible.
“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” Matthew 17:20