I once heard a psychologist speak to a group of parents who were frustrated by their teenaged children’s undesirable behaviours. The psychologist explained, “Your adolescents are practicing to be adults, and they aren’t very good at it yet.”
Those words stayed with me. Not only did they enable me to be more patient with my son through his teenage years, but also I draw on them today in relation to my own maturing in Christ. I am practicing to be a good Christian, but I often demonstrate that I’m not very good at it yet. Fortunately, God is more patient with me than I was able to be as a parent.
Now when I do fail, I ask my loved ones to be patient with me. Just as teenagers usually grow up to be responsible adults, I am hoping — with God’s help — to become a more mature Christian.
Prayer: Dear Lord, forgive us when we fall short of your expectations for us. Help us to become the people you want us to be. Amen.
— Doris L. Mueller