We are God’s Workmanship.
Every year around New Years Eve/Day I will say something along the lines of, “Man, 2018, let’s never do that again.” I do believe that everything we go through in life is meant to teach us about God, or to grow our faith and trust in our God who is so very, very good, but honestly, 2018 was a rough year for my family. I spent more time in doctors’ offices than ever before. I’ve had more medical conversations than ever before. I’ve begged and pleaded to God on behalf of my family’s health more than ever before. I just don’t want to emotionally go through that again.
At our senior retreat in January, I was talking to our special guest speaker, Greg Anderson, about everything that had been going on, specifically the pretty serious medical conversations we had had with doctors concerning our two daughters. At some point, while I was entering the “woe is me” portion of our conversation, Greg stopped me. “Remember Joel,” he said, “your girls are fearfully and wonderfully made.” At some point along the way, I had forgotten that. My brain had moved to believe that as long as they were healthy, they behaved the way I wanted them to, and there were no medical hiccups, that they were fearfully and wonderfully made.
I was wrong.
God created them exactly how he wanted to. Every single part of them. My kids are God’s workmanship, “created in Christ Jesus for good works.” (Ephesians 2:10) God created my children and your children exactly how He wanted to and He doesn’t make mistakes.
So remember, whether your kindergartener is putting up a fight about work on home days when they would rather be out playing, or you are scratching your head in disbelief while trying to navigating the high school years, remember:
Your child is fearfully and wonderfully made. They are God’s workmanship. They were created in Christ Jesus for good works. May we steward our time with them well.
Director of Student Life
Logos Preparatory Academy
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