Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart. -Colossians 3:21 (NASB)
As a parent of a five-year-old, life can be at times energizing and tiring, and at other times gloriously high or depressingly low. It all comes with the territory, and there’s new ground broken every moment.
My son was in my lap, and we were singing praise music and discussing the endless “what if” questions about God that kids his age are uniquely equipped to ask. I thanked God in that moment for giving me the opportunity to make early, sweet memories for him. These were memories I never had with my late father, who was from a different time and culture, so even “I love you” or hugs were never exchanged.
For this new era with my son, and the chains that were broken to get here, I thank God over and over again.
As a parent, there are trying moments, and moments where no one is happy. But God works through us to turn potentially bad memories into good as we surrender our pride and impatience, and forgive and ask for forgiveness…to let God’s love be present and washing over us, turning a potentially bad memory into an overcoming memory.
The choices we make in each moment write new memories into the story of our lives, which are a living sacrifice to Him (Romans 12:1). With Jesus’ help, it’s never too late to make new memories and turn your story around–and the stories of those connected to yours–to His glory.
Casting Crowns’ “Lifesong” tells God that we want our very lives to be lived out as a song of praise to Him.
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