Josh Weidmann: 3 Reminders for Weary Parents

Time is going so fast. Here are three reminders for weary parents.

Our baby boy is only five days old and I already wish I could stop time. Everyone told me that raising kids goes fast but I didn’t believe them… until I had kids. I have watched eight years of my oldest child’s life fly by. Each passing month feels like a week, each week feels like a day, and each day feels like a minute. As chaotic as life can be raising small kids, I wish I could slow it down or freeze time nearly every day.

Don’t Wish These Years Away

For those who are raising young kids at the same time I am, there are a few things we need to be reminded of:

First, even though we are physically exhausted, we are spending our lives to raise souls. God entrusted us with these little people and they are ultimately His creation for His glory. We are to steward them and raise them in such a way that brings God honor and pleasure. The tired moments all add up to be moments of spending our life for the right reasons.

1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “Whether we eat or drink, whatever we do, do it for the glory of God.” This means that even wiping noses or backsides, clearing off tables or cleaning up floors, disciplining for hitting or teaching them to serve—whatever we do, as tired as we may be—we do it for the glory of God.

Second, we only get this season once. I know it sounds trite, but if you’ve been raising kids for any amount of time, you know, it goes fast! As much as we wish we could rewind the clock, we can’t. Those moments when we want to take back what we said, we can’t. The times when we want to redo that season, we can’t. All we can do is learn from the past and keep pressing on toward the upward calling of knowing Christ and helping the little ones we raise to do the same (Hebrews 12:1-4).

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