While I was getting them ready to get all snugged in their beds, my oldest son comes up and gives me a big hug. While hugging me I asked him "Have you seen my patience, I seem to have lost it today?" He responded "Oh, you lost that a long time ago!"
While his comment seemed funny at the time it also made me reflect on how my children see me every day. Am I being the example that I need to be. Am I showing them how to be the parent that God will want them to be.
Answer: No, not always.
Daily I fail to be what God wants me to be. Daily I fail to be the example they need to see. Daily I should be asking Him and them for forgiveness.
"But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience." Luke 8:15
As I read this verse I think of what I need to be doing in order to bear fruit with patience. Am I getting my daily quiet time with my Heavenly Father? Am I keeping His word in my heart throughout the day? Am I seeking His guidance as I raise His children? Am I planting my foundation on good ground?
It is my prayer that I will bear fruit with patience. It is my prayer that I will be on good ground. It is my prayer that I will have a foundation that will be a good example for my children so that when they are older they will bear fruit with patience.