My kids are really quite well behaved, and I love having them around. But every once in a while, our house goes a little crazy. Like the other day, when the two older kids both got into major trouble and lost a few privileges (and that was just a couple of days after they decided to cut my daughter’s hair…). Needless to say, I was very frazzled and frustrated by the end of the day.
And then at bedtime, my kids did the most amazing thing. E, my 3-year-old daughter, looks at me and says, “I’ll do better tomorrow.” And then G, my 5-year-old son, echoed with his own “I’ll do better tomorrow.”
My mama heart just melted. How can I be frustrated or angry or frazzled in the face of these beautiful little people are trying their best to be the best that they can be? I was so warmed and encouraged by their desire to do better in the future even though they had had such a bad day, and in my heart I rejoiced.
That got me thinking about God, our Father in heaven. How much more must he rejoice when we pick ourselves up from our sin and say that we, too, will do better tomorrow? The Father runs to meet us when we sees us coming to him from our sin, just like the father of the Prodigal Son.
I encourage you to do better tomorrow. Whatever today was like, good or bad, God also wants us to grow closer to him, do continually do better. I am sure it will make God rejoice even more than my children made me.