Please tell me you’ve been here – at this point where every single task during the day has to be a teachable moment. We are unable to fold laundry (or do any chore), empty the dishwasher, do school work, clean up legos, or eat a meal without a correction of attitude and/or behavior.
Over the past couple of months, our family seems to be plagued with bad attitudes, rebellion, anger, selfishness and more. I guess you could say that we are in a hard season – searching for our new normal with baby, middle schooler and everyone in between. This is not reserved for one family member or another. We all have our weaknesses when it comes to living out Godly character. We are all sinners, right? We live in a broken world. Repeated corrections and gentle reminders eventually turn into angry outburst, tears, and intense frustration.
Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins. – Ecclesiastes 7:20 ESV
The part that grieves me the most is my own sin. When I see my children misbehave, I am reminded of my misbehavior. I tell you, it’s like looking in a mirror. Then the guilt train starts to pull out of the station – full speed ahead. Rather than wallowing in my sin, I must confess it and move on, allowing the Holy Spirit to work in my heart and change me.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. – 1John 1:9 ESV
This task of Godly character training is never ending. I need not give up hope, however, for God promises to complete this task He has set before me.
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. – Philippians 1:6 ESV
Homeschooling and motherhood are the hardest tasks I have ever been given, but they are the most rewarding. While there are seasons of delight and immense success, there are also seasons of frustration and what feels like futility. During all of these seasons, we must stay focused on the will of God and what He has called us to do. The hard seasons are also for learning…for developing deeper roots in these Godly character traits toward which we are working. This sinner – that would be me – is thankful beyond measure for that the gift of grace, Christ’s death on the cross, which covers my sin. I am trying to teach my children the same.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6 ESV