How’s this for an confession. I smile when your kid throws a tantrum…
Ok, now before any one gets upset, it’s not because I’m thinking to myself that my kid is so much better behaved or what not, (trust me, he’s not!) but it’s because it reminds me that ALL kids misbehave. It’s not just my kid. Sometimes, when the weeks, and nights are long I forget that it’s normal and that all kids have challenging stages. I forget that just because my kid is naughty and likes to throw fits sometimes doesn’t mean I’m doing a bad job a parenting.
Worst of all I get so caught up in trying to stay sane throughout the day with my chaotic toddler, I forget that:
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23
Sometimes I think it’s just my kid doing things he shouldn’t, a few minutes in public I remember it’s yours too. And then it hits me, It’s me too. I am just as guilty as the two year old I care for and correct. I may not throw a tantrum or experiment with hitting people, but I do many other things that are just as bad (if not worse). I’m prideful, I’m selfish, I get angry and offended, I feel like I “deserve” this or that. I am envious. The list goes on and on. And really, most of it is the same stuff my son is dealing with, just on a deeper level. You may not see it as much because I’m an adult now, and I’m better at hiding my faults and sins, they are still there though.
We are all sinners in need of grace. From the tiniest of us to the oldest. From the kids that seem “perfect” and the one that screams the entire time his mom is trying to shop (chances are they are the same kid). We all are in desperate need of God’s grace. Not just my kid, but me too.
When I remember that, I remember to be patient. To teach more and get mad less. To pray and ask God to show me how to use my son’s naughtiness to point him to Jesus. I know there is a lesson there for him, I just have to find it, and teach it in a way he can comprehend.
I’m thankful that through all my efforts to teach my son about Jesus, God hasn’t forgotten to teach me about Himself in a way that I can understand. He teaches me through my son, and I am so grateful.
Thank God for grace…and patience.