We train and correct our children, we plan our schedule, we organize our homes, we try to see and meet the needs before us. But it's not enough, and we know it. Before, during and after the discipline, direction, and decision, we must pray. It's not a last resort option - it's the first stop that informs all other decisions. God can turn the heart of the whiner, restore relationships, give wisdom for errant toddlers and provide insight for scheduling.
And when progress is slow, frustrating or non-existent and change seems far off, we remember the battle cry of every parent:
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up
If it's oft quoted to the point of trite-ness, it might be time to reconsider the truth. We must ask ourselves, "Am I weary because I'm doing this job according to my own strength and understanding?" "Do I want to give up because I'm expecting immediate results from all my labors?" "Do I see what I am doing as a long term investment?"
Asking these questions of ourselves and each other can help reveal what's going on in our hearts, and allow the Holy Spirit to penetrate our weariness with His power and peace.