Parenting With Grace
I’m Steve Arterburn with a New Life moment.
When my daughter, Madeline, was born, we bonded like superglue. I’d have walked on hot coals for that baby girl! She could do no wrong. I could hardly believe God had given me such a perfect child.
Then, something strange happened. The older she grew, the less perfect she became. What I used to think was cute began to look more like meanness and even downright rebellion.
Consequently, I no longer wanted to be Mr. Wonderful Father. I wanted to send her to reform school! Then a wise man came alongside me. “Don’t give her only what she deserves,” he said, “Give her what she needs—just like Jesus does for us.
” Wow! What a life-changing moment! If Jesus gave me only what I deserved, I’d be condemned to hell. My need was forgiveness, mercy, and grace. How are you at dispensing those?
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.