To the precious five little people in my life,
I’m sorry, kids, for those times when I raised my voice and taught you that dirt and spilled milk was more important then showing you what grace and patience looks like.
I’m sorry, kids, for those times when I insisted that sitting perfectly still in church was more important than helping you to see that worshiping God is not for perfect people but for the redeemed.
I’m sorry, kids, for times when I didn’t demonstrate that it is possible to disagree with Daddy and still be completely respectful at the same time.
I’m sorry, kids, for times when I was more intentional with pursuing my own goals and worth then in listening to your own dreams and building your own sense of worth.
I’m sorry, kids, for times when I “cheated” you out of opportunities to see how great our God is by spending more time in the mediocre then in fellowshiping with our God.
I’m sorry, kids, for times when my words criticized and blamed you rather than showing you that the message of the Gospel is grace. It’s grace in the home. It’s grace in our words. It’s grace in our actions.
I’m sorry, kids, for times when instead of praising you for all the effort you did, I pressured you to keep performing better.
I’m sorry, kids, for times when I didn’t see past your anger to understand the thin guise it was for covering hurts and fears.
I’m sorry, kids, for the many times when I didn’t have the right answer, didn’t have enough strength and accepted defeat instead of teaching you that God is always enough.
I’m sorry, kids, I wasn’t the perfect mom. Yet, maybe that will help you to understand that you don’t have to be the “perfect” kid to be used by God and loved by God.
God did give me, you kids, to raise. He knew that I would learn through, you kids, what grace really looks like. Grace is when I recognize the greatness of my God to be more than sufficient to help me raise you guys.
Grace is when I say I am sorry and mean it.
Grace is when I understand that God doesn’t call “perfect” people to be parents. He calls redeemed people to remember that it’s only grace that brought us and only grace that will keep us.
Kids, I am not sorry that I have taught you that we have a God who is so much greater than us!
We have a God Who loves you perfectly and delights in you! We have a God who will be faithful to keep you. We have a God who has “plans to prosper you and not to harm you — to give you a hope and a future.”
So, kids, there is nothing I want to leave with you more than for you to know, really believe, how much God loves you and that it’s His grace that will keep you.