Our Insufficiency

Our culture and our world emphasize self-esteem and a pride in our accomplishments, but usually the best place to be is not a place of self-confidence, but a place where we recognize our failures and shortcomings, where we realize that we are not sufficient and where we are forced to fall on our knees and beg God for His mercy.

We are always challenged as parents.  We are humbled.  Even on our best days, we come up short.  My two-year-old offers me her little drawing of scribbles. “Wook, Daddy, wook!” she says.  My reaction s not to throw it back at her in a rage saying, “What is this? Just a bunch of scribbles on a piece of paper?  Take it away!”  No.  I take her up in my arms and say, “Thank you sweetheart!  You drew this for me?”  I post it over my desk.  She gave me a little piece of her heart.  She wanted to please me with the drawing, and she is pleased when she sees that I am pleased.

Similarly, when we parents, as the adopted children of our heavenly Father, present our parenting work to God as scribbles on a piece of paper, we must believe that He will accept it and that His grace will cover us.  We must believe that when God posts our grubby, blotchy artwork, He really can turn it into something great.  It is only then that we realize what we really mean when we cry out to our children, “My son, give me your heart.” ~ Kevin Swanson “Upgrade

The truth is that we are not sufficient, that we can’t do a ‘good enough’ job.  If we fail to recognize this then we are liable to miss the most important ingredient in the raising of a godly seed, God’s mercy and grace.

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8 Responses to Our Insufficiency
  1. Shannon
    July 15, 2010 | 9:18 am

    What an encouragement, thank you! I had the joy of sitting in on one of Kevin Swanson’s teachings this weekend. So insightful… and he is also very funny! 🙂


  2. Jessica
    July 15, 2010 | 11:34 am



  3. Candice
    July 15, 2010 | 12:29 pm

    Love this!!


  4. Deirdre
    July 15, 2010 | 12:43 pm

    Thank you for posting this. I read it at a very opportune time.


  5. Tracy H.
    July 15, 2010 | 3:19 pm

    How touching and inspirational! I read this and tears just started pouring down my face. I really needed to read that post. Thank you so so much!


  6. Michelle
    July 15, 2010 | 3:44 pm

    When Kevin Swanson came to our spring conference, I found myself in the nursery more than being able to hear him. When I finally got home and was able to listen on sermon audio, this was the end of his sermon. I cried and cried. He said that even our worst day as parents if done for God is accepted with love. (I have a lot of “worst days” so this was so encouraging.) Thanks for reminding me of my inefficiecies! 🙂


  7. Jenny
    July 15, 2010 | 8:34 pm

    Thanks–a blessing that brings tears of thankfulness!


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