Parenting by Design - July 28

Just Say "No"

Luke 5:15-16: "Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed," (NIV). 

Parenting puts tremendous demands on our time and energy.  These demands can start before our kids get up in the morning, and last long after they've fallen asleep.  In addition, we're constantly meeting the needs of others in our family, work and friendships.

Jesus knows the extent of your weariness.  He was besieged by thousands of His children when they discovered he could heal the sick and perform miracles.  There was no end to the ingenious ways they used to touch Him and get a little of His time (see Luke 5:18-19).  He recognized the huge demand for His time.

But, Jesus also knew the only way He could deal with the demand for His time was to spend time alone with His father to rest, pray and recharge His batteries.  It wasn't selfish; it was the most loving thing He could do for His children.  It gave Him the energy and strength to deal with their many issues.

Sometimes, saying "no" in order to spend some quality time with your Heavenly Father is the most loving thing you can do for your kids.