“DICTATOR MOM. That’s what comes across my son’s cell phone when I call him. Can you believe that?”
Giggles filled the conference room. The speaker went on to share that as a young mom, she did not always make the right decisions when parenting her toddler. As her son grew into adulthood, she recognized traits in him that were familiar. Traits she passed on from her imperfect parenting skills. She admitted, that at times, she wished she could go back and do it again knowing what she knows now.
Isn’t that true of most of us? If we could have a do-over, wouldn’t we take it? I know I would. Now that I am older and more mature, I would love to go back and relive some of my earlier days. Especially, in parenting my children. Like the speaker, I am proud of my boys, and they have grown into fine young men, but I know my immaturity as a mother played a part in their adult personalities. Some traits good. Some not.
As I thought about the name that the speaker’s son had creatively assigned to her in his cell phone, I had to wonder what my boys would name me. Would I be Dictator Mom? Would I be Nosey Mom? Would I be Judgmental Mom? What name would appear on their cell phone when I called?
Along with my sons’ names for me, I turned my thoughts upward. If God had a cell phone, what name would flash upon the screen when I called Him? Whiny Sheryl? Grateful Sheryl? Never Satisfied Sheryl? Joyful Sheryl? The list could go on and on.
As I grow in Christ, I ask the same questions. Will God see His traits in me? Does He wish He could have a do-over? Would He do things differently from the start?
I don’t believe so. Ephesians 2:10 tells us “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” God doesn’t make mistakes. He formed and created each of us knowing exactly what our lives would be like. God is perfect. His creation is perfect. He loves us just as we are.
“All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:16, NIV)
Prayer: Dear Father, Thank you for loving me just as I am, faults and all. As I grow in You, may You see more and more of Your traits appearing in my life. Help me to always look to you for guidance. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
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