“What if we believed our children were doing the best they can?
This afternoon, while gathering up laundry, my eye caught sight of my son’s shirt.
Now, honestly, I almost walked right by it.
But something was different about this scene.
It’s the first time my son has taken off his church button-up and replaced it on his hanger.
No, it’s not perfect.
Yes, it’s still disheveled.
But he was trying to do the right thing…completely unprompted.
I think so often parenting is like this.
And we walk right by our children’s best efforts.
I encourage you to look around a little more…for messy little shirts with beautiful intention.
Our children need that grace today and in all the tomorrows to come.”
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