Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
– Hebrews 12:1-3
The nice thing about parenting is that it lasts a while. You have time to learn and figure things out. There is room for error and time for improvement.
The trick is paying attention and seeing the grace.
Seeing your mistakes through learning eyes instead of judgmental ones.
We are given many chances to evaluate our ways and change them whenever necessary. Our mistakes give us a chance to point our kiddos to Jesus as the real source of security, love and guidance.
Pointing our kids to Jesus is the main goal anyway. So be free in your imperfection (just don’t linger!) and know that God is working through each detail as we straggle along this path towards our goal.
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
– Philippians 3:12-14