tuesday parenting

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

"I experience this daily, recognizing again and again that rather than being Jesus, I am needing Jesus. And this realization has been my deliverance. I fail in my efforts to be Jesus to my children because I am not Jesus.

We can never replace Jesus in our children's lives. We don't even do the work of Jesus in our children's lives. We do the work of parents, which it to point our children to Jesus. And then Jesus does his own work - with or without us.
In the times when I feel like I fail most - when I dissolve before my children into anger and helplessness - he covers and forgives my exhaustion, sin, and limitations. He teaches me that his own work in my children's lives is not dependent upon me, that even in my weakness I am living out before my children the most essential truth of our lives: all of us are in severe need of this glorious and merciful Savior."
  - Leslie Leyland Fields

Fields, Leslie Leyland. "Parenting is Your Highest Calling": and eight other myths that trap us in worry and guilty. (Colorado Springs, Colorado: WaterBrook Press, 2008) 135-146, 143.

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