Having said that, last Thursday my neighbor was over and we were having a very similar conversation to the one above. I do take pride in the fact that my children typically follow that rules and we discussed how to continue to enforce this sense of respect and responsibility in our children. Somehow at the end of this conversation God must have sensed that I felt like I was in control of my life. So he sent me a reminder that no matter how hard I try, ultimately He is in control.
However, every time I look at this broken light I am reminded that even though I try so hard to control my children and our lives, I can not. The light shines a little brighter without the globe which also helps me recall this moment. I must remember that someone much higher than me is in control of my life and I must put my trust in Him. Maybe I will leave the chandelier just like it is for a while so I can continue to be reminded of this life lesson.