Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Inspire Me - New Creation

Last night I had to have a little talk with my littlest bee. Correcting children is one of my least favorite parts of being a parent. I would much rather bake cookies, play games and snuggle than have to correct and discipline. But I also know these precious lives have been entrusted to me to raise them and instill in them "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control." (Galatians 5:22)

Without me (along with my husband and their dad and step-mom) teaching and correcting them, and modeling for them good behavior, my children will not grow into the men I would hope for them to become. So we remind, reward, correct, punish and pray day in and day out and hope that our children learn to be and to do good.

Sometimes in these moments of painful correcting (I often feel like it's more painful for me than them), there are glimmers of hope and sweetness. Last night was one of those nights. After talking, disciplining, tears and hugs, Alec pulls away from my neck and reaches for my neckleace.

With tears still in his eyes, he held my necklace and smiled and said,

"I like the picture on your necklace, Mommy."

"Can you see what it is?"

"A butterfly."

"That's right. Do you know why Mommy likes butterflies?"

"Uh-uh, why?"

"Well, do you remember how a butterfly starts out as a caterpillar and changes and grows into something new, into a butterfly?"

"Yeah, it has a cocoon!"

"Yep. Well, in the Bible, there is a verse that says, 'If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone; the new has come.' (2 Corinthians 5:27) That means that when we believe that Jesus took our sins away and that he loves us more than anything else, he forgets all our old yucky stuff and makes us new, like butterflies!"

"Oh, I like that. You're a beautiful butterfly, Mommy."

"So are you, baby."

He just smiled.

That verse is the verse I heard when I was eleven years old at a youth retreat that changed my life. And every day and every moment since then it continues to change my life. The beautiful thing about the love of Jesus is that he can make all things new in an instant, and can do it over and over and over. The life he promises us is one of grace and not needing to be perfect.

It reminds me of the line in a Mumford and Sons song called Roll Away Your Stone that says, "It's not the long walk home that will change this heart, but the welcome I receive with the restart." The instant we turn to him for a restart we are given a welcome, not after we get "home" or get "right" again. You should really read the rest of the lyrics to the song. Here, give it a listen...

And it's that promise I hang onto when I'm not a good parent, a good friend, a good wife or a good anything else.





Thank you, Butterfly, and Mumford and Sons. You Inspire Me.

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