For the last couple of days, I've been overwhelmed by two realities:
- God's mercy and grace are SO great to me! I so badly deserve judgment – He gives me mercy. I deserve to try to "earn my way" and He gives me grace. This is no less true today than always, but I've been overwhelmed by it this week.
- I am now a parent of three teenagers (Emily turned 13 on Tuesday). That is overwhelming to me. I have now been a parent for almost 17 years, and in 7 more years, I won't have any teenagers in my house. That is crazy! It sobers me – and frankly – it scares me. I am so blessed, but I need to be focused on what God has called me to do. I often remind myself – hundreds of people can pastor this church, but only one person can be a father to my children. I don't want to blow it.
Those two realities overwhelm me – and hopefully help me focus on enjoying God and pleasing Him.