Parenting is difficult. Period. It’s a wonderful journey wrought with emotional toil as well as unimaginable joy. The old saying ‘Long days, short years’ is really true; but even still, those long days can seem very long.
One day, I was lamenting how difficult the day had been and I was huffing around the house picking up shoes and backpacks and mumbling to myself something like this,
“How many times have I told them…just take this stuff to your room as you go?”
I had lost any joy at that moment and I found myself growing more and more frustrated as I moved from room to room. Somewhere in my frustration, I found myself mumbling again…
“Why can’t they learn? Why do I have to tell them over and over every day to do the same things? Don’t they know I know what’s best for them? It would be so much better if they just listened!”
As I mumbled and moved from room to room, something suddenly occurred to me. It hit me like a freight train or ‘a ton of bricks’ as some say. I’m pretty sure that God must be saying the same thing about me…a lot. Why do I make the same mistakes over and over again? How many times do I leave my life cluttered and unkempt in a spiritual sense? How many times do I not listen to the Holy Spirit calling me to do something? Why don’t I listen to Him? Don’t I know that he knows what’s best for me? It would be so much better if I just listened!
I’m fairly certain that I don’t want to know how many times I’ve failed or fallen short. The list would be longer than I’d want to ever admit.
Thank you, Jesus, that you are always willing to be patient with me and allow me another chance. Thank you that you’re always willing to clean up my clutter without complaint.