I am a dearly loved, created, redeemed child of God.
This is something each of us needs to remember. I have been struggling with the idea of grace lately, and have realized something that is profound to me. I love my children, beyond what words can express. I will love them no matter what they do, who they become, even if they are estranged from me at some point in life, I will still love them enough to give my very life for them. I am just a man, a human. How much more powerfully does our God love each of us? We are His children. He has even already died for us, through Jesus, as God in the flesh (John 1:14). How awesome is the grace that is given to us!
I have been home for about 24 hours now, after dropping my son off at college. I admit, I shed some tears. It was pretty hard to leave him there, he broke his leg about 3 weeks ago, and is still on crutches. He will have a difficult start to his college career, but I think it will make him stronger. Our God does some amazing things through his providence. I think his broken leg is one of those. Austin is very much like me. He does not want to rely on, or even request help from another individual. He will not be able to effectively feed himself if he does not get help from others, much less do everything else he needs to do daily. He will need help getting to the Doctor for his appointment to be allowed to use his leg again. He will need help daily. We all need assistance, or help, or a savior. Hebrews 13:6 says “So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?””
My hope and prayers are that Austin is successful at college. I realize that success may not be straight A grades, but that he grows in his relationship with God through our savior Jesus Christ. To the Lamb be all power and glory and praise forever and ever… AMEN.