Each year in January many of us set some New Years resolutions. I like to use this time of year as a time of reflection on the previous year and then ponder on what I need to do for the coming year. I do not believe this needs to be a time of self inflected guilt about all of the things that we don’t do as well as we wanted to do, but instead a time of hope for a new beginning to do some things better.
One of my goals each year is to be a better parent and for my children to see God alive and active in my life. I want my kids to see God helping me make changes and see that He still works in me. Many times they see this through my imperfections. I remember a song that we used to sing in church when I was young it went like this, “something beautiful, something good, all my confusion He understood. All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife, but He made something beautiful out of my life”.
If you have felt like parenting is overwhelming and you have made some parenting mistakes, first of all join the rest of us, but more importantly don’t give up. God does not expect you to be a perfect parent He just asks us to be good parents. As Brene Brown says, “Imperfect parenting moments turn into gifts as our children watch us try to figure out what went wrong and how we can do better next time.” This year one of my resolutions or goals is to actively pray for you as parents. I want to partner with you and help you on your journey as parents. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your child’s life, I look forward to a wonderful 2016.