Out of the door like usual but the rain has stopped. Quite a bit of energy in my initial sprint, then as I settled into my rhythm, a car pulled up with children in and a man yelled out obscenities at me with his children. It was strange, I wasn’t in his way but he slowed down and took time to actually shout abuse – why?
I have to admit, today has been the toughest day in my career. I am dedicated to the children that need my help but I am constantly – most of the time, being subjected to abuse. The picture reminds me of claws lifting upward to snatch at anything that goes by.
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Parents have such a strong impression on their children and I know it is extremely easy to blame parents, but as a parent I feel the huge responsibility. I pray for my children every day, along with my God children and my friends, firstly that they come to faith in the Lord, because that is the long term goal and next that they are blessed, but I also pray for those that abuse me and do me wrong, we are commanded to pray for people like that. Perhaps tonight, think on all that the Holy Spirit brings to memory that have caused you some ill and forgive them and ask for them to receive the Lord and for them to repent.
Dear Lord, I thank you that my walk is a challenge, but I ask for courage, strength and hope that I can continue to change to be more like your Son Jesus Christ and not be conformed to the world.