We must submit to the master narrative rather than trying to tell our own hero tales. You are not the hero. I am not the hero. Christ is the Hero.
This means we must be familiar with God’s Story, which happens by rereading and rereading and rereading the Bible all our lives.
Life is God’s story; therefore, do not complain under hard providences.
The testing of your faith develops steadfastness. Let steadfastness have its full effect. No story line happens without God’s fatherly intentions.
My son, life will be hard. But God is in control and is using those hardships to make you stronger and holier. That is better than an easy life where you stay soft and foolish. Always remember that everything, even the hard things, come from God’s fatherly hand. Trust Him.
My self, nothing comes into your day by chance. That means every cup of spilled milk, every disobedient fit, every interruption that keeps you from what you think you need to do is not a problem, but a gifted opportunity: an opportunity for you to glorify God in your receiving of it, or not.
Providence is the almighty and ever-present power of God by which He upholds, as with His hand, heaven and earth and all things and so rules them that … all things, in fact, come to us not by chance but from His fatherly hand.
Life is God’s story; therefore, remember that God turns all things to a happy ending.
Don’t resist the happy ending by resisting reconciliation and repentance. The happy ending is God’s glory, not your own personal glory. You glorify Christ by not seeking your own way and then you receive glory when you are found in Christ.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28
My son, you do not reach a happy ending to your story by insisting the story go your way. You reach a happy ending by taking God’s way: by taking responsibility, admitting your fault, and being willing to make the difficult change toward righteousness.
My self, be humble enough to model repentance in your relationships. Be unselfish enough to stop your agenda to help the children through repentance and reconciliation with each other, over and over again, all day, every day. It’s more important than the dishes and the laundry.