Last night I got into an altercation with my young daughter. She wanted to watch a TV show; I wanted her to go to bed. What came next was a series of escalating arguments that ended with one person running out of the room crying and the other person weary and disappointed. (I’ll let you figure out who was who.)
As grown-ups, we have a responsibility to steward our lives well. This well-lived life has essential elements to it: confidence, freedom, joy. Familiar verses come to mind: Jesus saying, “I have come so that [you] may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10); and the apostle Paul reminding the early church: “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free” (Gal. 5:1).
Sometimes freedom comes easily—when the sun is shining, when the to-do list is short, when the kids are happy. But how do we embrace freedom when all doesn’t feel so well in our souls (or in our parenting)? How do we move past failures of all kinds—in the way we love one another, in the choices we make in our words and thoughts and actions? Here are four ways that can help you move beyond your failure and step into freedom….
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