The Good and the Bad of Being Helped
We all know the challenges of raising kids. Coming to a place where you realize this parenting stuff is over your head is actually a great place to be. Only then will we look to the Lord for grace to help us parent rather than looking for strength and wisdom within. We hope the resources provided to you will point you back to Christ, your only hope in all areas of life--parenting included.
Even still, with every new resource that you find helpful it can become dangerous. The more we learn and grow as parents there is a temptation to grow more confident. Confidence is not a sinful thing as long as our confidence is rooted in the Lord. But confidence in ourselves is pride and the Bible tells us that "pride goes before destruction" (Proverbs 16:18) and that "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble" (James 4:6). Together, let's embrace any help that we might recieve as from the Lord, not so we can stand on our own two feet as parents but daily remember that "apart from me (Christ) you can do nothing" (John 15:5).
Psalm 127 says,
Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.
It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth.
Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
As we strive to be the best parents we can be let's give all we got but also remember that our efforts are only made possible by God's grace (1 Corinthians 15:10). It is the Lord who is building your house. He cares for your teenagers more than you do! Let's embrace any help and resources with gratitude and equally fight against the sin of self sufficiency and pride. By God's grace we will do this.
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Posted on Thu, January 12, 2017
by Jeron Young filed under