If you are a parent, you know how hard it is to convey your personal values to your children. Although it's one of my highest desires as a mother, I worry that my personal shortcomings hinder that goal. When I add my faults to the avalanche of negative influences of the culture, I know my only hope is in God.
Today I've got a devotion running on Proverbs 31 regarding Establishing Moral Authority. You'll see I don't have all the answers, just a burning desire to be a person whose insides match her outsides.
The problem is that what is on the inside will ALWAYS seep out. And usually at the worst times ... those times when I need to be consistent.
The times I need to model patience, are the times I lose it.
The times I need to model grace, are the times judgement seeps out.
The times I need to model forgiveness, bitterness is revealed.
I've found that to develop moral authority I have to be clear about what is really important to me. I do that by studying the life of Jesus and by pursuing a deeper relationship with Him. Then, in the light of His perfect character, my weaknesses are revealed - but in the most loving way.
Jesus had perfect moral authority. He was consistent all the time. Those closest to Him didn't see His emotions overtake His desire to be patient, loving, kind, forgiving, self-controlled, etc.
Perhaps the best thing I can do today to develop greater moral authority with my children isn't to lecture more or establish more rules. Perhaps I need to go back to reading the Gospels and immerse myself in the life of Jesus. I know that's were I'll find the best example of the type of parent ... and woman ... I want to be.
In His Love,