‘But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. ‘
2 Corinthians 12:8-9
As a parent, it is easy to get caught up in our mistakes in parenting. We get so caught up on being the perfect parent going to every single event and being at active in our children’s lives in every single second. The fact of the matter is, there are no perfect parents in this world. Imagine if Mary, the mother of Jesus, had the pressure of performing to be the perfect parent because she was the guardian of Jesus who happened to be the only perfect person on this earth. She would drive herself crazy.
I know that I have found myself in this position many times. I would think that all is well and my kid(s) would inadvertently do something that would prove that I am not the most perfect parent in the world. If you don’t believe me, read When You Are About To Lose Your… It happens to be one of the most read posts on this site!
We have to give ourselves the grace to believe that we aren’t totally screwing up our children and hoping that they don’t end up on Dr. Phil one day or Jerry Springer. I have to on a regular basis (I am far from perfect at it) remind myself that my children are amazing and that I am just impatient. Either that or they have lost their ever loving minds! I digress.
So – Dad and Mom or Grandma and Grandpa or Aunt or Uncle – cut yourself some slack. His grace is sufficient in your time of need and boy do you need it in raising those children!