And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good (2 Thessalonians 3:13, NIVUK).Then I spotted a similar verse on a calendar on the wall:
Never give up. Eagerly follow the Holy Spirit and serve the Lord (Romans 12:11, CEV).And from that it is a short leap to one of my favourite passages:
And that old favourite:
I knew that this season of wrestling would stretch me. Especially that it comes in the midst of the season of boys who stay up late. I nightly face the challenge of staying up until they're done and exhausting myself further, or going to bed before them and feeling like a parenting failure. It is hard. Not the first time, though, that I've faced exhaustion and discouragement in parenting. There's been nearly 18 years of good and bad times, but through it all God's sustained me.
"How has he done that?" my son asked me this morning.
I have several answers for that:
- God has reminded me that it's not all up to me, he can give me strength even when I'm past my own reserves.
- He's provided loopholes or cancellations, so that I can skip out on commitments or have inexplicably resulted in less things that I had to do.
- He's provided other people to do the things that I can't do.
- He's reminded me that some things that I think are indispensable, aren't actually. That I can let some things slide in a season of extra busyness and exhaustion.
- Given me some encouragement, by various means.
- Most of all, he calls me to keep my eyes on him, to get my perspective straight.
It was a good reminder to myself, in the midst of my own tiredness.