What am I teaching the world around me as I live day to day? How I will respond to the things the Lord brings my way exposes my heart. Puritan writer Jeremiah Burroughs illustrated, “As it is with a vessel that is full of liquor, if you strike it, it will make no great noise, but if it is empty then it makes a great noise; so it is with the heart, a heart that is full of grace and goodness within will bear a great many strokes, and never make any noise, but if an empty heart is struck it will make a noise. “ When I think of this quote I am drawn to thinking about what I am teaching my children by my actions. What vessel am I?
I tell my children to obey authority because all authority is given by God, but do I obey authority as such. I tell my children that God is worthy of all honor and praise, but do I live that way? When my children come with worries and tears I tell them God is in control, yet I quickly live my life as if I am in control. I teach them what it means to be a godly man and a godly woman and as the words are coming out of my mouth, I quickly think of all the ways I fall short. But thanks be to God who gives me the victory through Jesus Christ (I Cor. 15:57)!
When God gives you the gift of a child, He does not wait until you are completely sanctified and a perfect parent. What God does give us is His Word. Each day I need to continually renew my mind with His Word in order to face the day.
For the rest of the month of April in Cornerstone at 9 am on Sundays, we will be exploring practical ways of parenting in this world. Every parent is inadequate on their own without God. May we rest in Him and draw strength each day from His Word.
Praying for you in this journey.
Hope to see you there!