Instead, I'll tell you a couple of ways that parenting awesome kids has given me a glimpse into the Father's heart.
First, I absolutely and unabashedly do think my kids are awesome! No one is more aware of their flaws than their dad and I and no one loves them more than we do. That's how your Heavenly Papa feels about you! There's a sneaky little lie that tells us that His love is lessened by awareness of our shortcomings or that He somehow love us less on our bad days. Not true! When you love someone enough to give your life for them...that's exactly what you do. You give your life for them, committing all of your self and your resources to help them be the best they can be.
Having said I think my kids are awesome, I have to tell you that they definitely don't always act that way. I hate it when they make bad choices...
...I'm human so sometimes my reaction is impatience or anger--this is when God reminds me that He's never reacted to me that way. His love brings conviction and He always gives grace to help with the mess I've made. I need to do that with my kids.
...Their poor choices also break my heart because they bring painful consequences. This pain in my heart gave me a whole new perspective on the heart of the Father. How many of us grew up with the notion that God had an awful lot of rules and most of them were to keep us from having fun? It's distressing to me when my kids don't trust that my rules are to protect them! How much more, the guidelines from a perfect Father? All He has in mind for us is for our good. Oh, how He loves us! The more we grow in His love, the more we understand that He is worthy of our trusting obedience.
I'll wrap up this thankful week by expressing gratitude my for the amazing kids I've been given. They may have taught me more than I'll ever teach them! Also, I'm more thankful than I can say for the grace that has been given to make up for my learning curve in the whole parenting process. Love and grace. That's what He's given. Thankful, so thankful
And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love,
you'll be able to take in with all Christians the extravagant dimensions of Christ's love.
Reach out and experience the breadth!
Test it's length!
Plumb the depths!
Rise to the heights!
Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.
God can do anything, you know--
far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!
He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us,
his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
Ephesians 3:17b-20 MSG