“Honey, will you just move!!” Three horrified ladies glanced at my children, and scowled at my outburst. Then and there I hung my head in shame. In front of my kids, and these watching ladies, I had blown it.
I could spend the entire day listing my failures, and still run out of time. I fail often. Often, I fail big. I’ve blown it as a Christian, a wife, a parent, friend, and every other relationship possible at least once in my life. The question isn’t will I blow it, but a matter of when.
In the ugliness that is my sin, the beauty is God’s response to my failures. It is not because of my goodness I am forgiven, but because of Christ’s.
When I blow it, my children are watching. So is the world. What do they see? Prayerfully, they are seeing a lady whose heart is broken over her failure; a woman humbly coming before God to confess her sin, asking for His mercy and grace. Hopefully, they see a woman who struggles to no longer live in her sin, but live everyday bringing glory to God.
Yes, we blow it. Constantly. Our response to our failure is a lesson for our children. Through our example, they learn the importance of Christ’s gift of forgiveness. They understand what it means to have a repentant heart. And, they are taught to draw close to God.
In my weakness, God is gracious. He uses my messes and missteps to prove He can use anyone. I am not perfect, but my God is.
“What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be!”
~ Romans 6:15
Chime In!: How do you reestablish trust after you’ve blown it with your kids?