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Gently Lead

Raising kids is hard work and great joy and hard work. There are seemingly endless days when little bodies are busy and unsteady, and bigger bodies are busier and stretching their wings. We need wisdom, and fortunately, we know the One who has it, and who knows them intimately, and gave them talents that can be used for Kingdom glory.  

It’s hard to keep that perspective in the middle of work, house care, laundry, dishes, chauffeuring kids to activities and so much more. I saw a Facebook meme (I know) that compared motherhood today to motherhood of years past. For today’s Moms, it said “make sure your children’s academic, emotional, psychological, mental, spiritual, physical, nutritional and social needs are met …” It warned about the dangers (real and perceived), like GMOs, social media, pesticides. Tongue-in-cheek, it ended with “… don’t forget the coconut oil.”  

In contrast, the “How to be a Mom in literally every generation before ours” listed one thing: “Feed them sometimes.”  

I know it’s an exaggeration, but today’s parenting is complicated. Gratefully, we have a Good Shepherd to lead us. “He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young” (Isa. 40:11). Father, lead on when we are tired and weary. Tend, gather, carry, and gently lead, as only You can. 

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Give it Back

“When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
    but with the humble is wisdom.”
Proverbs 11:2
It’s not often that we see our own pride as disgrace. In fact, it’s not often that we see our own pride. At the same time, we’re experts in seeing the pride of others. Can you remember a time where you found yourself shaking your head at the demonstrative pride of another? It could have been a professional athlete, random celebrity, or that guy in your office who sometimes manages to get his balled-up paper into the trash can from seven feet away and celebrates every time. Whoever it is, one thing is always true- pride is not a good look.
But if we can acknowledge that in others, and recognize it so quickly, why is it so difficult to see pride in ourselves? I think most Christians would admit that pride is a problem in their lives, but we fail to understand the scope of the crisis. God is great, and totally about His glory. Our pride seeks to redirect that glory onto ourselves. In that sense, we are attempting to steal something that rightfully belongs to God. See the problem?
Here's the solution: allow God to humble you. Pray for it, plead for it, pursue it. Wisdom is gained slowly, but it is not gained at all if not pursued. We cannot desire wisdom and self-magnification at the same time, so let’s get into the practice of returning to the Lord what is His, and going to Him in all situations with humility.

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