The thing about parenting that is funny, is that the times you just blow it? You think you are just not adequate. Not competent.
The times you nail it? You think you are the stuff. You’re on top of the world.
Here’s the thing.
You are not adequate!
You are not competent in yourself. And neither am I! Because it can’t be about US!
The times you blow it? God is in control.
But. The times you nail it? God is still in control.
We don’t have to feel like a failure when we mess up, but we also can’t feel like it is all us when we do things well!
We don’t have to carry the shame, but then we can’t carry the glory!
The fact that I am not adequate to be the kind of parent my kids need to succeed in life is not the end of the story.
The solution is not that they are going to just have to struggle and learn how to do life on their own.
The answer is God.
The completion, the answer, the final say all has to come down to God.
I know it sounds cliche, but it is just so true and I felt like it was important for someone to hear that tonight.
You can not be your child’s savior. Only God can be that.
So stop putting so much weight on yourself.
Stop carrying a burden that doesn’t belong to you.
We need our kids to see that their sufficiency comes from God.
It doesn’t come from you planning their schedule just right, getting all their laundry done, packing the best lunches, putting them on all the sports teams, answering all their homework questions, and getting them out of every hurtful relationship.
It does mean that you know where to send them when everything goes down the toilet.
I mean, that’s real life. Right? Life is hard. Parenting is hard. It’s tiring. It’s actually just plain exhausting.
But the good news is that God doesn’t expect you to do it all.
He wants you to let Him do it all.
So if you are having a tough Monday? Remember that God is in control.
The sun will come up tomorrow.
His mercies will be new for you.
He will never let you down, and He will always be faithful.
Rely on that tonight.
It’s not about you. It’s not about me. It’s always about God through us.