One morning, we planned to go to the park to meet a friend of Emily's from ballet. They were horrible the whole time before we left and it made me wonder why I had wanted to plan something fun for them! I mean, really, who wants to put the effort into making the fun thing happen when there is disobedience and attitudes at work!?
But, then I had a realization - am I expecting them to EARN their fun? No, I'm really not. Isn't that the way I'm acting when I feel put out by how they are acting just because we have something planned? Yes - it really is.
Then, I thought of this ~ God does not expect me to earn good things from Him. He gives them freely in spite of how much I may or may not be deserving of them.
"Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!" ~ Luke 11:11-13In reality, I think my senses are just heightened in these situations and that I am expecting them to be good because I have something good in store - they should be good because that is what God expects, not because they will get a reward for it!
Lord, when I plan fun things for my children - please adjust my sight to desire to give them something good regardless of how they are acting. And, please help me to teach and train them to obey and act according to Your Word whether they are rewarded or not.
Thank You for setting the example for us in giving us good things when we don't deserve them and enable me to show that kind of love to my children as well!
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast." ~ Ephesians 2:8-9