In the past I have done a few series of post on Kids and _____, which have highlighted different issues we have been thinking or working through with our kids. But as of late, I have found that often what I am continually repeating to my kids is what God is trying to teach me in this season of life. So over the next couple days I thought I would give you a glimpse into the current things that being a parent is teaching me.
The number one thing I find myself saying almost consistently throughout the day is in relation to Luke 6:42 (also found in Matthew 7:4-5):
How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.
A lot of my day is spent hearing “Mooooooooom, Abby/Elijah/Naomi did __________.” And as any parent, or simply human being knows, when there is a problem, it is very rarely just one person’s fault. There is usually multiple sins that are contributing to any situation. So throughout the day, I am often reminding the kids to be more concerned about their own sin, rather than someone else’s.
But every time I remind the kids of this, I automatically have to turn my own words right back on myself. How often am I annoyed by someone else’s pride, only to be convicted that it is my own pride that has caused that annoyance. How often do I want to point out the sin in someone else’s life when I have much of the same in my own life? Or (one of my most amusing ones) how often do I complain about others complaining?
I know that our own household would be a much more peaceful place if the same amount of effort that was put into pointing out others shortcomings were put into killing our own sin. So I can only imagine how much peace we could each bring to our own little corner of the world if we would each employ the same mindset.