You've probably all seen or heard the commercials now, about the reversal of roles, as adult kids transition through the process of caring for their aging parents; in situations similar to what the kids experienced when they were still kids. Reading books together, a bodily injury, needing time alone to figure stuff out... but family remains.
Last night it occurred to me how often we wish we were kids again. They have so much fun. Then they get in trouble and we're glad we're the parents or the adults in the situation.
Then adults have their moment and the realization happens, that the kids are better behaved then the grown-ups... and we are the ones in trouble.
A famous comedian once stated in his skit, the words of his parents...
"I hope for your sake, you have children who act the same way that you act."
Depending on your nature, this can be either a blessing or a curse. And if it's a combination, then God help us for the kids that may be confused by the mixed signals... not only for living but for faith. Especially since the impact remains unknown for an undetermined amount of time and the manifestation thereof.
On this #youthPastorWednesday, continue to pray for parents and pastors alike, that our lives would send consistent messages to our kids, about family, about friends, about faith in God and the love we have for each other because of the love He has shown to us. Pray that moments of joy and laughter would outweigh the moments of frustration and anger. Pray that no matter the situation, the grace of God would be shown and experienced through the power of forgiveness and continuing to act in love, even when we don't "feel" like doing so.
May we live in a manner pleasing to God. A manner contagious to our kids. For the health of the family. For the betterment of community. For the testament of the grace and love of God. For the acknowledgement of Christ' work in our hearts.
Just a man, attempting to fulfill God's plan. Husband, Dad, Dreamer. Blogger.