By Robert Morris, Children’s Pastor

Some of us are still making them. Some of us have already broken them. And some of us are still holding onto them. Resolutions. New Year’s Resolutions.

The new year is often a time of reflection and full of attempts do things differently. There are times when those motivations work, and we actually do significantly alter our life in some way that is helpful and long-lasting. And sometimes, these desired changes involve the way we parent.

Being a parent is hard! It’s made even harder with the expectations and impossibilities that we often heap upon the already difficult task and responsibility that the Lord has given us.

What if that’s the way it’s supposed to be? What if it’s supposed to be hard? What if it’s supposed to bring us to the edge of ourselves so that we realize we aren’t as capable as we thought and, as a result of our inability, discover how to trust God to do what only He can do in our lives and the lives of our children?

“Rather than your inability being in the way of God’s plan, it is part of his plan. He knows that parents who admit that they are inadequate and run to God make the best parents.” Paul Tripp, Parenting

It’s only in that moment of inability that we can remember the promise of Scripture from the apostle Paul.

“And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”
—2 Corinthians 12:9

Only through the Holy Spirit are we able to truly change, to truly be transformed.

You are invited to pray and consider how the Lord wants to grow you not only as a parent but also as a person in 2017, asking Him to show you where, by His grace, He is using you and doing what only He can do.