Monday, March 5, 2012

Parenting 505

"A sweet and obedient child will enroll a father or mother only in Parenting 101. If you are blessed with a child who tests your patience to the nth degree, you will be enrolled in Parenting 505. Rather than wonder what you might have done wrong in the premortal life to be so deserving, you might consider the more challenging child a blessing and opportunity to become more godlike yourself. With which child will your patience, long-suffering, and other Christlike virtues most likely be tested, developed, and refined? Could it be possible that you need this child as much as this child needs you?" Lynn G. Robbins from this speech

Had a Parenting 505 moment today.  And last night.  And last week.  And last month.  I'm about spiced out.  I told a friend today in a very different context that when I realized that the work I was doing was not my work--it was the Lord's work--I could handle it better and be more effective.  It dawned on me that this parenting thing is the Lord's work, too.  I need to let go of my own agenda and let Him in to handle it.  He's the professor of Parenting 505 anyway...