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I’ve had a day! The kind of day where my children don’t get along, constantly whine, tell on each other, and constantly bicker. The kind of day where no matter what you do, the kids just don’t get along.

Days like this cause my wife and I to wonder if we’re doing anything right. All the talking in the world does not change attitudes or actions. My nerves are shot, my patience is thin to non-existent, and I feel like running away.

But how different are we than our children? How many times do we sin over and over again with no sign of stopping or changing? I can’t help but think of God watching all the people of this world go about their selfish ways, yet He loves them all anyway. He is patient with all of us.

I Feel Selfish

When I ponder God’s patience and love, I feel selfish. How do I dare to become impatient with my children when God does not become impatient with me even when I continue doing things I shouldn’t do and ignore His counsel! He gently leads me step by step, over and over again until I have learned to reflect His patience and love.

Moments like these teach me to appreciate God more and to be thankful that He’s not impatient with me like I’ve felt like being with my kids. We have a promise, “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9, NIV).

Keeping this in mind, I pray to be more resilient and patient with my children. God’s promise in Proverbs 22:6 (NLT) gives me so much hope. “Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.”

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