Parenting by Design - July 23

God's mercy

Rom 12:1-2:  "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will" (NIV).

The parenting journey is full of mistakes.  We will never be perfect.  But, we can be comforted by the fact that God knows us, He knows the mistakes we make, and He loves us just the same.  He doesn't expect perfection.

God expects us to offer our parenting as an act of worship.  When we renew our minds by internalizing His truth, and parent according to His plan for success, He is pleased.  You know what this is like - when your child presented you with a project they made, you hung it on your wall or refrigerator because it represented their love for you.  It wasn't the artistic excellence you prized, but the motivation behind it.  It is no different for God.

Renew your mind and parent your kids as a spiritual act of worship to please God.