I don’t know what 2015 was like in your home, but in mine, there are definitely some things I’d like to do over. Times I became frustrated and snapped at my kids. Times I let our family get overcommitted and exhausted. Times I worked too much, prayed too little and neglected the things that really matter.
How about you? If you could have a do-over from 2015, what would it be?
The great news is that our God is a God of second chances, and third and fourth and fifth and so on. No matter what your parenting was like last year, no matter what mistakes you made, it’s a brand new day. Not because it’s a new year, but because you’re a new creation, and every day is new with Jesus.
Don’t listen to the voices of failure and regret. Don’t listen to the voices that say things will never change. Listen to God’s voice. Listen to His promises of hope, a hope that reminds us that every day is a fresh start with grace.
So, this year, don’t commit to being a perfect parent. Commit to being a forgiven parent, a growing parent, a dependent parent, a desperate-for-God-parent, and day-by-day, week-by-week, month-by-month, you will raise kids who will become desperate for God themselves.