How many times have we, knowing what's ahead, give our children more then one chance to redeem themselves. Me,
cringing at the thought of having to punish one of my children, at times, find myself giving them a chance to fix the wrong they did or giving a warning. The hardest part of parenting is following through with your warning. My loving Maddie, a few years ago, learned the art of rolling her eyes. So cute then, but at the age of 6, not so much anymore. As we travelled back home yesterday, she tried to act "cool" in front of her friend and brother by acting out in front of me, once warned to stop..she rolled her eyes. I had to follow through now. As we drove, I felt sadness on my heart at her decision. She didn't seem too concerned at the time, not completely aware of what lay ahead. As we pulled into my driveway, I had to take her and give her a swift one time pop on the tush. It barely hurt physically but emotionally got to her. She took off crying, but I saw at the same time, she was picking up the toys I had asked her to do before we left. As I went into my office, I sat listening to her cry as she put her things away, my heart pulling inside me. It's so hard to listen to your child cry. But then, as she came down the stairs, she walked into my office, tears running down her cheeks. She had bumped her head and wanted me. As I gathered her into my arms, I felt like crying too. Tears of relief of finally getting to hold her amidst her tears. To gather her into my arms and hold her close to me, smoothing her hair down and wiping away her tears. As I kissed the top of her head, she choked out that she was so very sorry for disobeying me and she wouldn't do it again. My little heart of gold. My Maddie. As I eagerly forgave her and sent her on her way to play, my mind started going. I sat back in my chair and this story made me think of my walk with God. That we have a choice to make like Maddie. A way to walk. To take the walk to where it will only lead to more pain and sadness..away from our Lord. Or we can walk into His arms. He is always eager to forgive us our decisions in life or our failures. Eager to give us what we want and we need. What's in our best interest. We just need to be willing to listen.
You and I have a choice to make..what will yours be today?
Luckily, God gives us a first second and third...and many more chances. Don't miss out on your chance today. Cherish what your Father has given you and be blessed with each moment in front of you. God is so good...why we do we even question it? I am so grateful for all the chance He has given me and the blessings He has put into my life.
Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.