Faithful Living vs Faithful Moment in Parenting
Actually, what I will write here applies to just about anything, but parenting is the topic on my mind so parenting is what you get.
The challenge of a parent is to have faith. What you have when you get a baby is just that, a baby. Not fully formed, not mature, and not wise. And your task, if you are a Christian parent, is to raise them in the fear and admonition of the Lord. In other words, raise them in the awareness of who they are before their Creator, who they are before the Savior, and who they are in relation to the world.
But you must teach, discipline, and tickle with faith for you do not see yet what your child shall be. You keep before you the promises of God and you trust His ways are wise and right. And then you wake up each day and faithfully move forward. Forward through each little crisis and each big one. Forward through the highs and the lows that accompany every parent. And when you do this you are cultivating faithfulness.
Here are two mistakes I often see with younger parents: The first is they beat themselves up over a moment of unfaithfulness with regard to parenting, though their overall direction is faithfulness in their duties as parents. The second is worse, it is triumphing and focusing on a moment of faithfulness and ignoring the pattern of unfaithfulness in their duties as parents.
Moments of unfaithfulness will not destroy the deep furrows of faithful parenting. Instead they just remind you that you are a sinner saved by grace and you need to remember to show that grace to your less experienced sinner (the child).
However, it is easy for parents to fool themselves into thinking that because they were proper and faithful once this last week that somehow that undoes the month of consistent unfaithfulness that has also been present in the home. This is folly.