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My Child’s A Mirror…And I Don’t Always Like What I See January 17, 2011

Posted by Jeremy in Lessons from Life.

JoshuaThis morning before I left the house to go to the office my son Joshua was out of control.   From 6am till 8am he must have been in trouble half a dozen times for various things: being too rough with his sister, not listening, hitting, the list could go on.  One particular instance I went into his room to talk to him about what he had just done, he was sitting on his bed in timeout.  We talked and it was good.  We got up to leave the room and he tears down the hall, at a sprint.  Now mind you, we have a rule in our house that you are not allowed to run.  This is mainly due to the close quarters and the fact that our daughter is 1 and is getting down the whole walking thing.  We had just talked about running in the house earlier that morning.  We talked about what could happen to him if he fell in the house, hit his head on the furniture, or ran into his sister.  He told me, “I don’t want to do those things”.  I said, “great, well lets not run in the house then”.  He said, “ok”.

It took Joshua about 15 seconds to get in trouble again after he left timeout.  How quickly they forget…I sent him back to his room.  Then it hit me.  I had one of those moments were I was able to step back out of the situation I was in and see it from a different perspective.  I saw myself.  This is how I am towards God.  This is how I often act in my relationship with God.  I’ve been told that something is bad, that it will hurt me if I do it and yet I do it anyways, as if I haven’t even heard the warning, with my Father standing over me watching me disobey him and turn from him.

I know how I felt this morning when, after Joshua just got in metrouble proceeded disobey me again.  My heart sank a little.  I was sad for him.  I want him to trust me, to let me lead him and for him to believe that I know what is best for him.  Yet he often chooses not to, he decided to act out of his own will and make decisions that are against what my wife, Tracy, and I have laid out for him.   That hurts.

I imagine that this is a small glimpse at what God must feel when I, his son, sin against him.  When I choose to not heed his instruction and obey his commands and instead choose to indulge my own desires.

Would I love my son (and daughter), the way God loves me when I sin against him.

“The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.” Psalm 103:8-13



1. Mitch Marlowe - January 17, 2011

The joys of parenthood as well as the incredible lessons of our Heavenly Father’s love! Well done!

2. robyn L - January 17, 2011

Wonderful blog post. And a lesson I’m sure I’ll be learning (over and over) as my little one grows up.

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