MAY OUR FAMILIES BE STRENGTHENED IN THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,
15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,
16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being...
Learning to cultivate an environment of grace with our children is incredibly difficult. Drew Dyck says, "The gospel is a difficult message because it is a message of humility in an age of arrogance.” Every other environment in which our children exist will be merit-based. Our children will have friends and lose friends based on behavior alone. They will get a specific mark in school, will be accepted into college, and will land jobs based on their performance. We live in a meritocracy. The entire world will be screaming, “Do better, do more, try harder;” all the while, Jesus whispers, "I am already enough, which means I love you no matter what.” The home is the one place where grace can be lodged into the hearts of our children as they go out to engage the world. Our children initially learn about God's love in many ways through our love for them. We have to fight for grace in our homes, which means our kids have to see us fail--and in the midst of our failures be loved and accepted by the Father. We have to let them fail and then respond with grace and love.
This type of grace says your worth and value are intrinsic, your beauty and dignity come from the one who made you. As an image bearer of the creator, perfected through the work of Jesus, you are not lovable because you do good, but rather you are lovable because you are lovely. I am proud of you because you are my son. You are deeply loved because you are my daughter. This is what our children need to learn if they are ever going to be free from the demands of a mask-wearing, performance-driven, cutthroat, pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps kind of world.
Parents, it starts with us. Are you experiencing God's all-sufficient grace today? If not, then let's cry out to the Father in truth. Let's ask the Holy Spirit to lead us to a deeper belief of God's grace.