Romans 8:28 (HCSB) We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.
The purpose of my discipline should teach my son right from wrong. But when he sees my fly off of the handle what is he really seeing? I don’t think it’s a reflection of Christ that’s for sure. Whoever said “parenting isn’t easy” was right. It really takes a great deal of p-p-p-patience. I think I am lacking in that area just a bit. Ugh…patience…I guess I know where I need to grow to be more like Christ. My frustration and anger should not be my cause for discipline. After all, that’s not how God disciplines us. He is full of mercy and grace, slow to anger and abounds in love. (Ex. 34:6, Numbers 14:18, Nehemiah 9:17, Psalm 86:15, 103:8, 145:8, Joel 2:13, Jonah 4:2).
God always seems to remind me of simple and small truths during worship sets at church. As I heard myself singing the words “and I’ll sing because you are good, and I’ll dance because you are good, and I’ll shout because you are good, you are good to me” I was reminded of all the good things Christ has done in my life. He is working out His perfect plan in me and I can see where he has used the good and the bad to bring me to where I am at this very moment. Sometimes I just lose sight of this truth.
I desperately want my son to see God’s goodness through me not the angry human side that becomes a maniac mommy when her buttons are pushed. When God brings these simple truths into a moment of clarity, I worship Him and thank him what He was doing in my life, and asked Him to forgive me for the way I respond when my son gets to “button pushing.”
Father, help me love with your love and help me to be a reflection of Christ to my family and to others. I know you will use everything in my life…the good and the bad… the mold me into something beautiful.
You know, God will use everything in your life too…we were all made on purpose for a purpose. He doesn’t want us to be “stuck” by the events of our life. He wants us to transformed by them according to His purpose.