Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” John 13:37
We are in the tween and teen years in my household. It’s no surprise that my kids care more about the outside world and its influences than they do about what I think and require. It’s all part of adolescence, and I’m trying not to take it personally. Yet, I still struggle with broken promises.
When my kids looked me in the eye and made a pledge, I always thought I knew them well enough to gauge whether they meant it, or were just placating me. But lately, even the promises that seem to be made with sincerity are being broken. I’m at my wit’s end. Then I read John 13:37.
Peter was completely devoted to Jesus, giving up everything in his life to follow Him. He even declares to Jesus at the Last Supper that he’ll lay down his life for Him. Just mere hours later, however, Peter denies Jesus three times. Talk about broken promises!
Where I lose heart and fret about my kids’ integrity, Jesus forgives and empowers. He takes the very man who chose lying over standing up for Him, and makes Him the head of His Church. Jesus knows it’s human nature to take the easier path. But He also knows Peter’s potential. When Jesus chooses to focus on that potential, rather than the mistake, He inspires Peter to rise about the former, and achieve the latter.
For my part, I need to recognize that my kids do make promises they mean to carry out. They just stumble a lot, especially now. But if I can practice forgiveness, and work toward empowering them, I’ll help them see their own potential, and make strides towards achieving it.
Questions for Reflection:
- Do my kids break their promises?
- If and when they do, can I practice forgiveness so I empower them?
When Jesus chooses to focus on Peter’s potential, rather than his mistake, He inspires Peter to rise about the former, and achieve the latter.Tweet