But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” (2 Corinthians 12.9 NIV).
Motherhood has a great way of reminding us of all our little human imperfections. Every day there is at least one little person in our lives who has an up-close encounter with our flaws, mistakes and struggles. It’s easy to become discouraged if perfection is our goal. But perfection can’t be our purpose as mothers because it will only set us up for failure. Our children won’t have a perfect mom, but they can have a mom who receives grace with grace.
When our children become aware of our mistakes, they also need to become aware of how we accept grace. We can say sorry easily and accept our imperfections without getting discouraged, knowing that Jesus Christ more than compensate for our mess-ups. We can be a standard to our children of how to receive grace with grace. We can accept our struggle without giving up or feeling defeated. We can get up gracefully after a fall, dust ourselves off and walk in confidence of the Cross once more.
Our children can watch our efforts to walk by faith in Christlikeness, keenly mindful that we become stronger with every struggle, increasingly faithful through every failure and victorious in every obstacle we overcome. They need to see us move in grace, so they themselves won’t be haunted with the allusive idea of perfection. And as they experience us leaning into God with every battle that beats us down, they will learn how to reach for Him in their own time of need.
Our children may never stand up and call us “perfect,” but they can stand up and call us “blessed.” We are blessed when we openly live in the redemption of Jesus Christ on a daily basis. We can boast in the weaknesses that motherhood exposes, so we can rely on Christ’s power as mothers. And our children will be thankful that we taught them how to receive grace with grace! One day they will arise and call us BLESSED!
Her children arise and call her blessed…” (Proverbs 21.28 NIV).