“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”–Matthew 5:48
Parenting is a topic often on my mind. It’s a huge responsibility, greater than anyone could ever imagine.The spiritual, physical, intellectual and emotional
health of a precious human being is at stake! When I reflect about becoming a parent someday, I’m filled with great joy. It’s one of the biggest dreams of my life.However, the reality sinks in that I am very much still a person “in process.” What is the prominent way that children learn character? By observing their parents–both their actions and whether their words make sense with the reality of their actions. When you become a parent, you’re going to have little eyes and ears observing everything you do and say. That goes for even when you don’t expect it. How can I expect a child to turn out a certain way when I myself am living in a different way? If my character isn’t matching what I hope the character of my child will match…How will I teach them?The good news is, we have God’s grace. Even in spite of our shortcomings, God’s grace can work in all circumstances. It’s still working on me, and will be each day until I die. I’ll never be a perfect parent–no parent on earth will be.
Yet, I had a very important realization: I can continually learn from THE perfect and best parent: our Heavenly Father! As I grow into a deeper relationship with God and come to know more and Who He is, I learn from His character. As I journey closer and closer (walking by faith) to the day that I become a parent, I’m going to look at His character and see more of the type of parent I want to be. Most of all, I pray that I can give any child, any person that comes into my life, a glimpse into His deep love and Who He really is.
“For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay.”~Habakkuk 2:3
So many times I have attempted to plan the timeline of my life. It is fruitless because life has never happened according to my timeline. I know that my God knows the timing of each detail of my life. Other translations of this verse, instead of saying “it will not delay,” say it “will not be late.” The timing of the Lord is perfect! Many times I’ve been tempted to think I am “late” in certain regards, but that thinking is not according to my Lord. Again, the Father’s timing is rarely, if ever, our timing! Remember that He has plans for your welfare and not for woe (Jeremiah 29:11). It is difficult to trust in the moments when we can’t see. Even though we can’t see one step in front of us, He has a vision. Every detail is working together. And He has given us a vision, too. But we must wait. We must continue to work in His vineyard faithfully, as we await the proper time and the fullness of the revelation. It will not delay-it will not be late.
Someone once wisely told me not to run ahead of Jesus. To walk in step with Him as He leads me. They must have picked up on my tendency to always want to know the future. Or, as another friend of mine put it, I take life “fast.”
After making decisions, I automatically jump to what is next. My mind goes to how this decision could potentially affect my life one year, two years, and even more down the road. I already want to know what the next decision will be. Of course, decisions do affect our futures and we must take that into account. Yet, we can only make decisions with the information we have. We don’t know exactly how this decision will build upon the next. We don’t even know the next minute of our lives! Only our Father knows. And if a decision doesn’t go exactly as planned? He knows that, too. After all, He is GOD. He has the ability to steer us back on track when we deviate.
So I stick to one step, one day at a time. I’m trying my best to keep in step with Jesus and see what He has to show me. Day by day, choice by choice, I rely on His grace. He will take care of the rest.
“Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”–Oscar Wilde
This quote tells the truth of the matter: no one started a saint. In fact, many saints started as tremendous sinners. On the other hand, if one is a sinner, there is still time. A great sinner has the potential to become a great saint. No matter where you are, know that God’s grace meets you there.
You have a future.Not only that, but God will give you a future filled with hope. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Here’s a Gospel song about falling and rising. Don’t stay down, but take the hand of Jesus Christ and get up!
Together journeying toward the Creator and becoming the creations we were meant to be.