We are imperfect human beings. When we have children, our imperfections show even more. Our character is tested every single day. Sometimes we conquer, sometimes we fail.
Did you know that our failures as parents are powerful teachers? When I fail, it gives me an opportunity to humble myself before God and before my children, and apologize to them. It shows them how much I care for them and love them. When we pray and repent to God together, it shows them that I TOO ANSWER TO GOD.
It teaches my children to forgive, to value their relationship with me more than my offense. It teaches them to love with no conditions.
When I fail and apologize, it gives me an opportunity to show them that even though I am an adult, I still make mistakes. I am not perfect. It helps my children see that they need not be perfect either. It takes the load of “high expectations” off their shoulders. It allows them to give themselves a break, especially when they are already frustrated and disappointed with themselves.
It then gives me the opportunity to teach them to rely on Jesus and ask for His help, just as I need His help to correct my mistakes. I, the parent, need Jesus too. I, THE PARENT, NEED JESUS MORE. We cannot live pleasing lives unto God without Jesus. We cannot be victorious over our failures, we cannot do better next time without Jesus. Moreover, we cannot have true joy, true peace, true love, and live full, exciting lives without Jesus.
It allows me to teach them that our need for Jesus does not dissipate over time. In fact, we need Him more and more as we grow older.
When I fail and apologize, it gives me an opportunity to teach my children that even though I or their daddy fail, the one person who will NEVER FAIL THEM is JESUS. He will never fail to keep His promises. He will never fail to love, care for, and protect them. He will never fail in showing them the truth. He will never fail in doing what is best for them. He will never give up on them. He will never leave or forsake them. They will always be beautiful in His eyes. They will always be His princesses. In Jesus, we will always have HOPE.
Sometimes we conquer, sometimes we fail. But when we fail, God is so kind and loving that He turns even those failures into victories.