When we approach parenting, we focus on our ability to be a parent and how we are going to influence and "cultivate" these little hearts God has entrusted to us. What an incredible responsibility! If we try to carry this responsibility on our own, we are going to end up frustrated and discouraged. As Paul David Tripp says in his parenting devotional, we need to acknowledge our inability to "change" our kids.
We need to understand that ultimately it is God who will work in their lives, and we are instruments to be used by Him. When we make that admission, a weight is lifted from our shoulders. We are to love, guide, direct and speak truth in our children’s lives and let our mighty God use that to work His transformations.
Children are only lent to us by God for a short while (and my, does it go fast!). We are imperfect parents partnered with a loving God. As I watched my oldest son say his wedding vows, I realized that my parental control has completely transitioned to 100% God control. I trust God and His future plans for my son. As 2 Corinthians 12:9 reminds us, God’s grace is sufficient and made perfect in our weakness. Do you struggle with acknowledgement of inability in your parenting? Feel free to share and comment!