So, we’ve been going over “adulting” the past few weeks. I’ll be honest there are times that I still don’t see myself as an adult. Yes, I have a job, I’m married, and I have children. By most standards, I am considered an adult. But then there are times that this quote rings true:
That horrifying moment when you’re looking for an adult but you realize that you are an adult. So you look around for an older adult. An adultier adult. Someone better at adulting than you.
And, let’s be honest, nothing is better at pointing out your “adulting” faults than children. You start off with very good intentions.
Okay kids it’s time to clean up your toys and get ready to go to bed.
*30 minutes pass*
Guys, really please clean up.
*15 minutes pass*
(now in Batman voice) I’m the father you need, not the one you deserve right now. Clean your room in 2.7 minutes or I will throw everything you own away.
Adulting, in general, is hard. Adulting as a parent brings in a whole new set of issues. One verse that I hold on to in my everyday life as a parent is in Lamentations 3:22-23, “The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” This is a comforting promise
This is a comforting promise parents should really take to heart, especially when you look at the context of what’s happening here. Israel is in one of its darkest hours. They’ve lost everything, GOD has judged them. They have no city, no temple, no land, no king — and it’s their own fault. God has brought out His Batman voice and taken everything they own. And yet His mercies are new every morning. His faithfulness is great!
We will fail. That’s guaranteed.
God’s mercy never will. That’s guaranteed.
I may bring out my Batman voice and have to punish my children, but every morning they will know that I love them. That should always be unquestionable, but love is unconditional.
My oldest is only 7 years old. I’m still new at this and I have a long time left to try and do what is right. And the right thing to do is “direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it” (Proverbs 22:6).
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said it this way, “There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.”
As a parent I will fail; as a parent, I will make mistakes. But as a parent, I will go to my God every morning for His mercy and I will pray for Him to guide me and help me give that same mercy and faithfulness to my children. I will try to bring them up on the right path, give them the roots they need to have the wings capable of doing the same in their lives.
This Sunday, September 17, we’re taking a look at parenting as part of adulting. As we prepare to gather again, reflect on this songs and spend time with your Heavenly Father.