I’m just over a month away from my due date with Baby #3.
I have a 3-year-old boy.
I also have a not-quite-2-year-old girl.
I stay at home 24/7 with them.
I blog, crochet, read, participate in church activities and ministry, am always with family (I have three siblings), and have to walk up a flight of stairs every time I go to the bathroom during the day.
I’m a lot of things. Bored is not one of them. Tired is always one of them.
Can you relate? I’m pretty sure every parent out there can! Even if our situations are different, it seems like being a parent and being tired just go hand-in-hand!
Being tired makes things harder for sure!
Harder for me to make decisions.
Harder for my children to obey me.
Harder for my body to keep up with my children, and take care of me and my unborn child.
But, all these things need to happen!
Being tired is not an excuse.
As believers too, we have an added calling to not let tiredness be an excuse for our attitude, behavior, or lack there of.
Why is this? Because we are called to be like Jesus.
Jesus knows what it is to be tired, to be down right exhausted. He was fully human! He knew hunger, He knew heartache, He knew exhaustion (He slept through a storm while on a boat in the middle of it! That’s exhaustion!). In these times of human weakness, even Jesus did not rely in His own strength, but on the strength supplied to Him by God the Father, through the ministry of the Spirit.
As Christ-followers, fellow heirs, children of God, we are called to live like Jesus Christ. “But as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct” (1 Peter 1:15). Yes, even when we are tired.
Again, in our weakness of being tired, we are called to be like Jesus. What did Jesus do when He was physically, mentally, emotionally drained? He relied not on His own strength, but on the strength of the Father.
Jesus knew this reality, that His strength came from the Father. “The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.” (Psalm 28:7)
Jesus even preached on this in Matthew 6 when He said, “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (v. 30-33, emphasis added)
This applies to parenting too
When you are tired, pray for strength from the Lord to faithfully parent your child. Even though you are tired, you still need to obey your Father, and faithfully parent your child. Point them to Christ, to your strength when you are weak, to the only one who can help them obey.
“For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:10)
When your child is tired, show them your own example (see above), and the example of Jesus. Even though they are tired, they still need to obey. God says so. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right”. (Ephesians 6:1, emphasis added)
“but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.”
Give God glory for understanding your weakness, for providing for you when you are weak, and for giving you strength in the midst of your weakness.
Soli Deo Gloria