NEWLY ELECTED KENTUCKY GOVERNOR MATT BEVIN'S STRONG CHRISTIAN FAITH AND HIS FAMILY'S LOSS OF THEIR BELOVED DAUGHTER
THIS IS A WONDERFUL REMINDER ABOUT HOW IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS IN LIFE that almost always matter most and are truly memorable. What good news to know we can actually be loved and known even more in our humbling mistakes than in our constant, pretentious strengths. This is what makes for significant relationships and people.
Some years ago, I sat with my daughters at a wonderful
father/daughter banquet at our church. Someone at the table asked my
youngest daughter, Angela, what I’d done that made the biggest
impression on her. I had no idea what she would say, but of course I
hoped for something spectacular.
I’ll never forget what she shared because it was so powerful to me.
She said, “I remember one time when dad was harsh with me. Then a few
minutes later he came back into my room, and he cried and asked my
forgiveness. I’ve never forgotten that.”
That’s what Angie remembered as having the most impact on
her—something I had actually done wrong, and then asked her forgiveness
for! I thought, Isn’t that interesting? It shows how being a
good example isn’t limited to doing great and magnificent things.
Sometimes it’s when we admit we did wrong things.
This is God’s grace—He can redeem even our failures! (Provided we
recognize and confess them to our children.) Saying "I'm sorry, please
forgive me," may teach your children more than you would have by never
failing, and far more than pretending you never fail.
How humbling and also encouraging to know that parents who admit
their shortcomings don’t lose their children’s trust. They gain it.
Following are some parenting books I would recommend on parenting: Gospel Powered Parenting by Bill P. Farley, Shepherding A Child’s Heart by Ted Tripp (I read Tripp’s book when our girls were young, and I think it’s great), and What the Bible Says about Parenting by John MacArthur.