A righteous man who walks in his integrity – how blessed are his sons after him. Proverbs 20:7
It’s Forgiveness Thursday. Of course, we can and should take time every day to forgive ourselves and others as Christ has forgiven us. The title is just a reminder to stop and get right with God. When we refuse to forgive others, we only hurt ourselves. So let the pain sail away today, and turn to God for help.
When I think back to when my children were growing up, I often regret not being there for them and providing them more. It was always my dream to be a stay home mother like my mom, which is not always possible in today’s world. So, I worked.
My daughter has told me that I came home from work and took my bad day out on them. I hate the way that sounds, but it is probably true. I have asked God and my children to forgive me. What happened to me and might have happened or may be happening to you is I was working long hours, going to graduate school, taking care of the house and trying to be a mom. Being a mom included taking the children to dance, band, or whatever else they had going on, ensuring homework was done, feeding the children and making sure they had showers and clean clothes, and also making sure they went to church. That is quite a bit to juggle. My husband helped but he was working two jobs and was exhausted. So, like many people, we did the best we could. Then, time slipped up on us and our children left home.
Is there ever enough time? Sometimes I think God keeps us busy, so we won’t dwell on the passing time, because one day we have to let our children leave and find their way. I tried like crazy to slow down the clock, but our children still grew up. So, what I’m trying to say is, if you feel like your best wasn’t enough when you were raising your children, quit torturing yourself because most people feel the same way. We all do the best we can. The good news is you may be given another opportunity to make a difference with your grandchildren.
If you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or just someone who influences a child, teach them Bible verses, prayers, and Bible stories. Take them to church and church functions. Answer their questions and lead by example. The mind of a child is quick and absorbs everything around. If you want to make a difference in the world, start here. Guess what? Your marriage and family will be blessed along the way.
Today, as you forgive yourself and others, be a positive Christian influence on the children in your life. God bless you.