Restful thinking

imageTaking care of kids is not an easy task. If I’m being honest with myself, it’s hard. Not because my kids are impossible to deal with, but because I tend to self focus too much. I beat myself down for my mistakes. I yelled too much here, I said the wrong thing there, I didn’t see that accident coming here, I didn’t prepare them well enough so they wouldn’t fail there.

I’m tired of feeling like I don’t know what to do as a dad. I’m tired of using the excuse that I didn’t have a dad to show me what to do. I’m tired of trying to figure this dad thing out by myself. At those moments of feeling hopeless, I’m thankful that Jesus is speaking to me as a dad.

Matthew 11:28-30
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Jesus was and continues to be the ultimate teacher. His Word tells us that in order to have rest, we need to go to Him. He will restore us. He will refresh us. He will teach us. This is more than just rest in the physical sense, it’s rest of the soul. Rest from the constant state of alertness to be the perfect dad.

Reading this passage gives me a new approach to being a dad. Instead of giving into the worry I turn it over to Jesus. Instead of trying to have the answer to every situation I run to Jesus. In those moments when I feel like I’m going to lose it I pause and say a quick prayer to Jesus.

Bottom-line; I’m making my position as a dad harder than it needs to be on my own. Being with Jesus allows me to just be the dad He wants me to be. And that’s all He and I could ever ask for.

Take the easy road dads by going to Jesus. God Bless!

-Donald

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14 thoughts on “Restful thinking

  1. Donald, thanks for this post! I too am hard on myself when it comes to parenting. Thankfully, Jesus can use those moments to teach us and mold us. It also gives us an opportunity to show our children we all mess up and how to handle it by turning to Him! Keep it up! -Emily

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    • Pastor Tim, the level of gratitude I feel from your comment is more than you know. Thank you for such an encouraging comment in a time where I just started writing. It took me 3 weeks of hesitation after I felt God saying to write. I will do my best to never doubt again. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. And again, thank you for the support to keep writing. -Donald

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  2. I wish you well in your path as a dad. I think most of us agree rearing children to be decent adults is the most important job in life. You remind me of me, I worried over every thing I did, as my husband worked away from home (we saw him maybe on a Sunday, if we were lucky) and I struggled on a lot of fronts. But I get the feeling from your blog post that your kids are lucky, they have a dad who truly cares for them. I enjoyed reading your post and will visit again. Thank you for visiting and following our childish blog.
    Maria

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  3. Honest and real. Great to bring that approach to life online. It makes life safer here because of the virtual nature of this online world. The point is simple. We need to ask and trust God in every step and never say we have it in control (which is pride) or we will never get it together (which is hopelessness and confidence in the flesh!)

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