Sitting in my living room this morning, sun streaming in the windows, worship music on the stereo, one little reading, and another playing on my phone, scrolling Facebook and reading articles about politics and culture in America today, I am wondering if I am doing enough.
We pray every morning. Over our day, over one another. We thank God for our blessings like food, water and safety. Serve at church. Give to the poor. Talk about giftings and purpose and destiny. Attend a school where it’s ok (even encouraged!) to talk about our faith. Play worship music in our home and cars daily. Memorize scripture…
But where is the life change?
I get so frustrated some days. Arguing. Selfishness. Short fuses and curt words. Whining and complaining. Entitlement. And those are just my own tendencies. Ugh.
As parents, it’s not always easy to know if the seeds we are sowing will take root. Walking in my own imperfection and scars, it’s a challenge to even feel I have the right to ask more of my children than what I am sometimes capable of. And yet, I am called to train my children up in the way they should go.
Perhaps one of the greatest things we can show our children is that on our own, we are not enough. We can never be all we are designed to be when we function singularly, in our own strength. Whether part of a company, church, community or family, our gifts are only able to operate at its greatest capacity when jointly fitted with the gift sets in those we are in relationship with. Even those who are most decidedly different from us can offer great balance when we appreciate that we are all put together, if only for a season, to most effectively carry out the plan for each of us; as individuals and corporately.
Sometimes, the very gaps we unintentionally cause in our children’s growth (emotionally, spiritually) are the very gaps God intends for another to fill later in life. In our imperfections, we are still the parents that God chose specifically to raise up our own children in the way they should go. (Whew!)
Be encouraged today to walk this thing out. Keep pressing in, never being fully satisfied with where you are, but never doubting your contribution in this moment. Right where you are, you are enough.
Romans 12:3-6 and 10 – For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us…Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another…