I’m a Dad and all too often I am reminded by the actions and words of my kiddos that I am still figuring this whole parenting thing out. I have two wonderful kids. My six year old girl is a firecracker who is full of life and does everything full speed ahead. Sometimes this leads to her being overly persistent even after she has been told no to something and losing doesn’t always go over that well with her. My five year old little boy is as sweet as they come, but he does struggle with some speech and learning/developmental delays. These issues definitely give him his own struggles and issues to overcome.
Each day, I realize that each of my children have their own issues and struggles and that as unique little individuals I have to respond to them in ways to unique to each child. My daughter is fiercely independent and my son is not. She needs more words of affirmation and he needs more quality time. With my daughter sometimes you have to be louder to get her attention, that same volume though can break my son’s little spirit so he needs a quieter gentler tone of correction.
The problem with dealing with my kids and meeting their individual unique needs is that I am a sinner. As a Dad I don’t always respond the way I should. I let my own issues, fatigue, and life in general all too often color the way I parent. Too often my responses have more to do with me than that of what my child is doing or needs. This is an issue that God has definitely been dealing with me about one the past few months and it has led me to a simple prayer that I pray daily, if not several times a day. I pray and ask God to allow me and my wife to be the type of parents that point our kids to Christ in all that we do and say, and that we show His love to them in all that we do and say.
This prayer convicting to me, because it points out the times that day I have failed to do what I’m asking. Also, it comes to my mind when I am in the middle of some form of parenting my children and helps me slow down and think about the love, kindness, discipline, and guidance that I may be about to give. I know I am a fallen sinner, but I want to seek my God so that my kids see Christ in me and want a deeper relationship with Him. I never want to be the parent that breaks his kids down and drives them away from Christ.
I am praying to be a parent who is reflecting Christ well and ask that you pray for me in this area to!