How many times have you heard this, or said this yourself? We use it to refer to a situation where we feel someone is making too big a deal out of a situation.
This often occurs because a spouse, child, or in-law thinks something is more important than it is….
or to be fair – than WE think it is.
In art, proportion is defined as the relationship between objects with respect to size, number, etc. including the relation between parts of a whole.
Artists sense that things are in proportion by comparing the elements within the piece of art. We don’t just look at one flower in a still life and judge if it is in proportion. It must be looked at in comparison to the whole picture.
As parents we need to view the situations our family members face in proportion to the wellbeing of the whole family.
It may not be a big deal to me if my child’s soccer socks match his or her shorts, but it may mean THE SUCCESS OF THE WHOLE SEASON to my child. Refusing to wear other socks could also affect siblings getting to their game on time.
How do we help our child keep things in proportion?
- be an example of proper proportion ourselves – don’t blow up about every little thing, save the blow ups for BIG things 😉
- uncombed hair is not the end of the world, unless it is picture day. Then that picture will be the one you laugh at together when they are seniors in high school!
- if your child tends to be a drama queen, intervene BEFORE the drama starts. Example – “Dear, I told you yesterday that Nana was going to take you to see MINIONS today. She just called and she can’t come because Pop is sick. Let’s make a get well card for Pop.” This shifts the child’s perspective from himself to another person and hopefully avoids an outburst.
- in life we will constantly face change, so helping our child see situations through others’ viewpoints is an important life lesson.
When we are on a mountain top, we see all the surrounding area and it puts things in proper proportion. We realize how small we are and we often see things we have never seen before, or we see them in a new way.
Just as we want to help our children to have a healthy outlook on their situations, God wants us, His children, to have the correct view of our lives. We need to see the situations we face in light of God’s desire to help us grow as Christians.
In The New Testament, James is writing to Christians and encouraging them to face difficult situations in life.
James 1:2-4 says –
Dear brothers, is your life full of difficulties and temptations? Then be happy, for when the way is rough your patience has a chance to grow. So let it grow, and don’t try to squirm out of your problems. For when your patience is finally in full bloom, then you will be ready for anything, strong in character, full and complete.
Finding joy in our trials will certainly help us keep things in proportion, won’t it?
May we learn to trust that God is at work in our lives through joys as well as trials and may we teach this trust to our children and grandchildren as well.