“Is it time for school to start up yet???” If you were to drop by the Jones home, this is something you’d no doubt hear uttered—not by the kids, but by Janel and me! Yes, we’ve reached the point in summer when the novelty of having four kids home all day, every day, isn’t exactly novel anymore. The fun things every family looks forward to in summer (like vacation, VBS, Little League baseball, and Fourth of July fireworks) are in the rearview mirror, and we are ready to move into a season with a bit more structure and space. Parents of school-age kids, can I get an “Amen!”?
It’s a tragic truth that the ones we love the most often are the ones with whom we have the most conflict. Husbands and wives. Parents and kids. Business partners. You and your best friend. We are build by God for community and yet we struggle when we get too close to another for more than a couple of days. Relationships are one of the most beautiful parts of life and yet are notoriously difficult to maintain over the long haul. Enter the grace of Jesus.
The gospel of Jesus teaches us that God, only because of pure grace, decided to love the unlovely. Romans 5:8 tells us that “God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” We are the Beloved Unlovelies. We are the Undeserving. And yet we have received love, forgiveness, and adoption from the Holy King of Heaven. On those days when I’m frustrated by my four little hooligans, this is what I need to remember. Jesus has loved me at my worst, and therefore I have the power to love, forbear, and forgive others—no matter what.
For His Glory,