Being a parent can be tough. Over the course of our lives as parents we put everything we have into creating a great, safe, life for our children. We sacrifice our time, our physical bodies, our emotional energy and all that we have to ensure that they have every opportunity in life. This doesn’t happen necessarily once they arrive but oftentimes long before they are born.
Lately, I have definitely felt the challenge of parenting. I have been dealing with the feelings of entitlement and lack of gratitude. After all, does this kid realize how much I do and have done to provide him with the life he leads? I heard myself a few days ago, having the internal parental rant about how much I have poured out and sacrificed for my child(ren), yet feeling the hurt and pain of this recent nonchalance about it all. It hurt me. I cried even — and just as I was about to wipe my tears, I thought about this very time.
I thought about how the Lord sacrificed His only son for me. I thought about Jesus on the cross for me — taking such abuse and death for me. Talk about a sacrifice. Talk about how much was given to ensure that I had all the opportunities of life. (The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10). Talk about all the stuff that Jesus had to endure for me. I wonder how hurt the Lord is when I am nonchalant about all that He has sacrificed for me. I wonder if it makes him cry. All I can say is humbling. (Funny how the actions of our children often mirror our behavior with Christ.)
I thought about how easy it can be to focus on putting out the spring bunnies, prepping the kids baskets and planning the Resurrection Meal and missing out on the depth of the sacrifice that Jesus made. I thought about how I (maybe we) can also exhibit a version of nonchalance toward the ultimate sacrifice. In my head I could almost imagine God saying, “Girl, do you realize how much I have sacrificed for you? Do you realize what I have done for you?”
On this day and weekend I pray that we would focus on the sacrifice that our Lord and Savior made for us. I pray that we would reverence it — not just this weekend but each weekend. I pray that we would shed our cloak of entitlement and put on the garment of gratitude. I pray that we would remember how we feel when our children don’t truly grasp their blessings and our sacrifices to provide them; and let that reflect the gaps in our own heart.
Lord, you have made the ultimate sacrifice and provided us the ultimate opportunity. Thank you for being a Good, Good Father. #Resurrection #Reflection #Gratitude #entitlement #Godapplied #GoodFriday #Parenting #grace #appreciation #ApplyingGodin2021 #writingcommunity #devotion
Happy Good Friday to All!