Sometimes I am blindsided as a parent. Things come up that I just don’t see coming. Tonight my oldest lied to me.
About brushing her teeth.
Maybe it seems silly to be thrown off by something as trivial as that, but I take truth very seriously.
In fact, when my husband and I went through pre-marital counseling, we wrote up our “10 Commandments” as part of an exercise. One of my top three was, “Tell the truth, no matter what.”
I love non-fiction books. I value the people in my life who are straight shooters, even if they’re a little rough around the edges. I enjoy learning things I hadn’t known before. Somewhere in my DNA, truth is spelled out in all caps.
We had a sit-down, my daughter and I, and we talked about why it’s wrong to lie, why she did, who is affected by our lying, what it does to trust, and so on. We processed it and came up with a consequence.
And then we prayed.
It reminded me of two reasons I love God so much. First, He is the ultimate truth-teller. He gives us His truth that we may do well and know Him, and He shows us the truth about who we are, even when it exposes our sin.
Psalm 25:5 Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.
He is also the God of forgiveness. When I have missed the mark, He will forgive me. Every time. So I can extend that forgiveness to my kids. Every time.
Even about brushing their teeth.
Psalm 32:1 Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Thank you, God, that I have hope because of your truth and forgiveness.
Sarah Landon is a thirty-something retired engineer and mother of three. She loves God and is doing what she can to love those in her midst.