Monday, May 3, 2010

All parents will nod their head....

From Doug:

Parents, especially young parents, aren’t you tired of trying to get it all right? Aren’t you tired of trying to discipline your kids by the book? Aren’t you tired of trying to match up with other families? Aren’t you tired of trying to do A + B and never getting C? Let’s admit it. There’s only so much we can do. God must do the rest.

So let’s be faithful in what we can do. Let’s sow the seed of the gospel. Let’s teach it. Let’s live it. And let’s pray it for our kids. And when the day is done, let’s rest. Let’s rest well.

After all, that’s the wonder of the gospel! As John MacArthur says, “you sow the seed, you go to sleep, and it grows” (Mark 4:27).


I have argued for quite some time that the value of most "parenting" books is almost nil. The sum effect of most is to make parents feel like they will never measure up to the style or schedule or adult kids of the "uber-parent" that felt compelled to share their success with the masses. I usually feel like C- middle school kid getting lectured by the Ivy League of parenting studs.

Despite our best attempts at parenting, I am more and more convinced that it is a miracle that any child does well in life. I have seen kids from "good" families go "bad" and vice versa. It think that the key to parenting is embedded in paragraphs above. Preach the gospel, pray for your kids, and trust that their Heavenly Father loves your kids more than you ever will.

God will give grace for your poor parenting decisions and humility will inevitably follow any good parenting decisions. Jesus will gently lead sheep with young sheep:

(Jesus) will tend his flock like a shepherd;
he will gather the lambs in his arms;
he will carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead those that are with young.
---Isaiah 40:11

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