Hope For Haggard Parents

January 31, 2012

Some encouragement from Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson in Give Them Grace:

The disciples couldn’t hinder the children from coming to him even though they tried.

When God calls our children to come to him, even if we haven’t gotten it all right, even if we’ve trained little Pharisees or have a house full of prodigals, nothing is impossible for him. He can break through all our flawed methods and redeem all our frail errors.

The world tells us that their success depends upon our success. The world knows nothing of God’s ability to use our failures as means to bless. “What is impossible with men is possible with God” (Luke 18:27).

So, even though we desire to be the ones who place our children in the lap of God’s mercy and even though we stumble so badly trying to do so, Jesus is strong enough to pick each of us up and carry us all the way.

Parents, too, are weak but Jesus is strong. No one, not even you, can thwart his purpose to bless those who are his (Eph. 1:11).

(HT: Justin Taylor)


2 Responses to “Hope For Haggard Parents”

  1. tjkids Says:

    Do you know how encouraging this is? No matter how well I “know” this, when considering my parental shortcomings, I can still beat myself up–as though the results were dependent upon me. Thanks for the reminder!

    • Mark Lugg Says:

      Hopefully this is encouraging for all Christian parents. Parenting is so messy because we’re so messy. It is wonderful knowing that ultimately things rest with God and His power.

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