Thursday, December 9, 2010

Parenting not for the faint of heart ...

Any pride a person might have ... once they become a parent it gets smashed to bits. Just when I feel like I have got this mom stuff down -- one of my children throws a curve ball. Currently it is a toddler refusing to sleep. Last week it was a baby throwing up from his vitamins. Next week who knows ...

Parenting is like a rock tumbler. As a new mom or dad you still have a lot of edges. Then comes the child - helping knock off those edges of impatience, self-centeredness, self-indulgences little bit by little bit. And man does it try one's soul at times. I hope I am more shiny today than I was last year - imagine what kind of gleam I will have gained 18 years down the road. I hope my children will be able to see Christ in the shine they are helping create.

For those fellow moms and dads on this journey of parenthood - hang in there. Keep thinking of the polish God is creating through the tough times.

1 comment:

Erin Crisp said...

You hang in there too friend. And remember that no matter what you do, your babies are God's babies first. He loves them even more perfectly than you do (impossible to comprehend), so no matter how much you mess up, He can still fix it. :) That thought always provided me some comfort when my babies were knocking my socks off. Love you friend, and I think you're pretty shiny already.