My husband Darren was a competitive swimmer, lifeguard, and swim coach in his younger years; he and I both find a lot of value in knowing how to swim. As a young girl I have a lot of fun memories of taking swim lessons, as well as my husband. So when the age came for my oldest 2 kiddos to be able to start swim lessons I got all excited for them, and quickly signed them up!
Well, we had our first chance for them to “dive” into lessons this past week. Darren my husband took them, my oldest got right in the water excited to learn, my second oldest was a lot more reserved. In fact he didn’t get into the water at all the entire class, just sat on the edge.
While having caution is never bad, this example helped me start to see where areas in my life that I have weaknesses can really hold me back from what could help me reflect God. See our lack of trust, lack of love, lack of whatever could be holding us back from our closeness with God as well as holding us back from us reflecting God.
While I know I struggle with a lot of weaknesses in my life, I want to take the time to pray for each of my children to start to find ways to rely on God, and not on their weaknesses. As I dive in closer with God to work on my weakness, I not only hope to be an example but also a support in showing everyone deals with different things that hold them back but we have a God who is bigger then them ALL! He is our VICTORY and our assurance of HOPE!
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Father God, You know the areas where my children are weak. I pray that you would help to shape them to reflect YOU!!! Help us all know the that while we may have struggles that does not define the person we can be in you!! We are in your image, allow us to reflect you for others to see your Glory.
Join me in praying for our next generation that they will be not shaped by their weakness but that they will be shaped in handiwork of the creator to reflect HIM!