Below is a photo of my husband sitting with our middle child just before the ending ceremony of their summer camp. In a nutshell, we as parents dropped the ball. The campers split into groups and meet with their camp counselors and bunkmates before the ending ceremony, so every camper can be given his or her “character awards.” This is a highlight of the summer camp. Each camper gets up, stands before the group and two characteristics that he or she has displayed at camp are announced. Then each camper is given a certificate and everyone applauds.
I was at my daughter’s character award ceremony, and my husband said he would watch the boys. But, sadly, our first born’s ceremony ran long, and we missed our middle child’s big moment. So my husband sat down with our son and apologized for missing it. Then he listened as our son recounted in detail about his chosen character traits.
As parents, my husband and I have learned that we will never be perfect. Life happens, and we miss opportunities and have to go back, sit down and apologize. Our children know that we make mistakes, but they also know that we love them so much that we want to make it right. We will sit with them, pour value into their tender hearts and let them know that we care for them.
Most importantly, we want to point our kids to their Perfect Parent in Heaven Click To Tweet. God the Father is holy, and He never makes mistakes (1 Peter 1.16 & Psalm 18.30). Even though life can be filled with both sorrow and joy, we have a Father Who loves us so much that He would die to have a relationship with us. Jesus Christ bore our sins to the grave, and rose again leaving them behind. Click To Tweet We have been made righteous and perfect before a holy God, and now we can enjoy eternity with Him in heaven.
“For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ” (2 Corinthians 5.21 NLT).