So here is the thing. I am not a perfect parent. In fact I probably do more wrong than I do right. I fail to have patience. I fail to look up from my computer screen. I fail to say the right things at the right times. I miss the mark on so many occasions. In fact today I was talking with another Dad and we both commented on how this parenting thing doesn’t have a manual to follow more of a play book. You run certain plays and sometimes it works and more than often it fails. My goal isn’t to be a perfect parent. In fact I would say may goal has nothing to do with even being a good parent.
My goal is very simple. I want my kids to know Jesus and his forgiveness. In ministry my goal isn’t perfect kids. My goal in my family is not to have perfect kids either. (Mostly this is because it isn’t possible) My goal is to show them forgiveness. To show them when they screw up like I do Grace can come. Sure we have consequences. Sure we have struggles because of sin. Grace is bigger than that. Forgiveness is bigger than that. My goal is for my kids to know forgiveness. Whether it is from me or from each other we are a family of forgiveness.
This week as we gather together as families around a dinner table I would ask you to remember these words. To remember we are to be people of forgiveness. Family time can be a challenge because we have failed each other. We have hurt each other. However we have a God who is bigger than that. He is a God of forgiveness. He forgave us, so let us also forgive one another. May you experience that peace that comes through forgiveness Jesus has won for us. May God help you forgive as you have bee forgiven this week.
13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Colossians 3:13 (NIV)