Anonymous post by a concerned parent.
I’ve learned a lot about grace since being married – mainly in receiving it. But I’ve never learned so much about grace as I have in parenting teenagers – mainly in giving it.
- The grace to love them when they don’t want to be loved.
- The grace to love when they are not very loveable.
- The grace to keep giving when it seems I can never give enough.
- The grace to keep giving when there’s no giving in return.
- The grace to forgive when I know the sin will be repeated again…and again.
- The grace to ask forgiveness even when most of the sin was on the other side.
- The grace to say “Sorry” even if I will not be forgiven.
- The grace to communicate when there’s no communication in return.
- The grace to offer help when help is not welcomed.
- The grace to give advice, when the advice will be rejected.
- The grace to say “Yes” when they deserve a “No.”
- The grace to be resented for my love.
- The grace to be viewed as uncool rather than über trendy.
- The grace to not let the sun go down upon my anger.
- The grace to explain when I could simply demand.
- The grace to never be told, “Dad you were right and I was wrong.”
- The grace to be thought of as an enemy for trying to be a faithful friend.
- The grace to rejoice in their successes even when there are serious failings elsewhere.
- The grace to pursue reconciliation when I’m the wronged party.
- The grace to accept that I’ll never be the super-parent I wanted to be and others seem to be.
This is the hardest university I’ve ever been in, and I’m not sure if I’m ever going to graduate. If I do, it certainly won’t be with honors. However, I’m learning so much about God’s lifelong grace towards me (and about my parents’ grace towards me over 30 years ago), that I’d be willing to repeat the course.
What have you learned about grace in parenting teenagers?
Four Questions about Faith and Work
“…work as a plumber or accountant is as important in God’s eyes as a minister’s or a missionary’s.”
A pro-life left-winger
“Abortion is one of those rare political issues on which left and right seem to have swapped ideologies.”
Dear Moms, Jesus wants you to chill out
Shut up and play nice: How the Western world is limiting free speech
“The decline of free speech has come not from any single blow but rather from thousands of paper cuts of well-intentioned exceptions designed to maintain social harmony.”
Honorable Leadership Needed
Joel Beeke: “I stared in disbelief at my laptop last night as our Vice President interrupted Congressman Paul Ryan 96 times in about as many minutes of debate. When I observed his arrogance, his degrading laughter, his angry responses, and his dismissive attitude, I was deeply troubled.”
My best advice for young theologians
This week’s morning and evening reading plan in Word and pdf.
This week’s single reading plan for morning or evening in Word and pdf.
If you want to start at the beginning, this is the first 12 months of the children’s Morning and Evening Bible reading plan in Word and pdf.
And here’s the first 12 months of the Morning or Evening Bible reading plan in Word and pdf.
And here’s an explanation of the plan.
Recently I was asked to give a conference address on “Positive Leadership.” It got me thinking about how many different kinds of pastoral leadership I’d come across in my ministry. I came up with 10 leadership types:
- Mr Passive
- Mr Crisis
- Mr Dictator
- Mr Inconsistent
- Mr Fearful
- Mr Pessimist
- Mr Boastful
- Mr Academic
- Mr Sociable
- Mr Administrator
If you click on over to my monthly column at Christianity.com, I’ll introduce you to these 10 men.
3 Ways to Nourish & Cherish your Wife
Lots of women will be wishing they married C J Mahaney after this.
10 Questions for Expositors
Brian Croft invites us into his study.
“Your blog isn’t Christian”
Loved this post from Trevin Wax. “Chesterton was right. There are no uninteresting subjects, only uninterested people. That’s why, whenever I find something of interest on the web, my first thought is not – Is this Christian? - but Is this interesting? Is it “worth a look?” Is there humor in it? Pathos? Insight into the way the world works? The way people think? If so, I’ll link to it or write a post about it.”
22 Biblical Counseling Skills
Excellent summary from Bob Kellemen. I use Bob’s books extensively in the classroom and I’d highly recommend them.
More Punctuation Marks Needed
Great idea. How do we go about arranging it? Petition the Government? Go to war with the English?
North Korea’s Secret Spectaculars
Knowing something of the suffering in North Korea, this is enough to make me weep. One of my most fervent prayers is that I might live to see the day when North Korea’s people are freed.