Math is not my forte. As an English major in college I tried to get out of as many math credits as possible. It wasn't always the concepts that frustrated me; it was the process. All the long complicated steps it took to solve one problem overwhelmed me. I have one big math problem taking over my life right now, namely, potty training my two-year-old. I just want the problem solved, and don't want to deal with the process. It's hard to navigate all the failures, setbacks, and change. Yet, potty training is just a taste of the larger process of the Christian life. In Ephesians 2:10, Paul says,
We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
I believe parenthood is one of the good works God has prepared for me to walk in. And yet, not all of my days feel all that good.
I get angry at my oldest son when he disobeys. I'm annoyed when the baby interrupts my morning cup of coffee. I fight to not view my children as inconveniences in my life. In summary, I am not the perfect parent. But I know one who is.
A Better Mother than Me
God is the only one who models perfect parenthood to us, and to our children. God says he disciplines those he loves (Hebrews 12:6). I love my son, but because of sin in my life, I don't love him perfectly. Sometimes I might discipline him out of anger.