Do you find that our culture is obsessed with ‘growth’? Not just the act of growing, but also the most efficient means of measuring it, as well?
We think and talk a lot about ‘growth’ at our house.
The middle child isn’t as tall as the oldest, a fact that none of us can ignore. To make matters worse, his little brother is gaining quickly. Cue the weeping and gnashing of teeth.
It isn’t enough to play soccer and have fun. One also wants to score a goal and be the star of the show. If these objectives aren’t achieved, the day is ruined. Tears flow in the car on the way home from the field.
I wish I could say in these moments that I’m a fount of parental wisdom, kicking the heartache and disappointment to the curb with pithy words of encouragement.
But here’s the thing: I covet those achievements, too. Not on the soccer field, because that’s not where I define my worth.
I do, however, want overnight success in most other areas of my life … A best-selling novel, a multi-book contract with a Big 5 publisher, children who love and follow after the Lord, the ‘perfect’ marriage, gourmet meals on the table every night, a clean house, meaningful and fulfilling relationships with my friends … I could go on and on.
The truth is, I want all of the growth and none of the dirt. If I’ve learned anything on this parenting journey it is that perfection is a dream-killer and a joy stealer. We aren’t defined by what we achieve. But God does desire to make us more like Him. Much like the beautiful sunflower He created, He wants us to reflect His glory and often that requires discomfort. Pain. Trials. Challenges.
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quote: Laurie Jean Sennott