"Knock it off ... now! You are embarrassing us!"
If I only had a dollar for every time I heard that as a child...
When we are children, we don't realize that our behavior in public can have such a huge effect on our parents.
As we grow older, or become parents ourselves, we start to realize how true that is.
When a child misbehaves in public, his or her parents feel embarrassed, disappointed, angry and sad all at the same time. Likewise, when a child shines in public, his or her parents feel pleased, happy, proud, etc.
How pleased, then, must God have felt when He watched Jesus defy temptation over and over again here on Earth?
How happy must He have been when He watched our Savior teaching the way to Paradise?
And, how proud must God have been when His Son triumphantly conquered sin, despite the horrific road He had to take to do so?
If they have bumper stickers in Heaven, God's surely says "My Son is an A+".
But what about us? After all, we are His children, too.
What does He feel when He watches us every day?
Do we act the way He wants us to act, and make Him a proud Father?
Or is He trying to tell us that, sometimes, we are just embarrassing Him?