All the Things

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I saw the following tweet recently:

There’s a reality in that tweet that I’m sure all parents can relate to. Life seems overwhelming at times and we can all feel like we’re not keeping up, that we’re failing at our job as mom or dad. And in a sense, we all are. None of us are going to be able to do all the things all the time or even some of the things right all of the time.

But God is there with His grace. He loves our children even more than we do! And He can do all the things all the time. We can ask Him to help us care for our children and to make up for our shortcomings. When we trust Him to take care of us and our families, we are able to succeed in our parenting role – maybe not in washing our hair regularly – but in the most important things.

Bringing God into our daily life, rather than trying to set time aside to teach our kids to pray, may be helpful. Starting the day with a short prayer surrendering ourselves and our families to God’s Providence. Saying, “God bless you all day long,” as we send our kids off to school. Praying grace before meals. Saying, “Thank you, God, for this day/parking place/cozy home/family/etc.” Listening to Bible songs or Christian radio in the car when we’re being a chauffeur. Praying bedtime prayers together. Using Table Talk [link] prompts at family dinner one night a week. All of these activities are things we do each day, but we ‘baptize’ the ordinary when we bring God to mind during those daily tasks.

In The One Best Thing book and Hub, we try to give busy parents ideas that they don’t have to think up themselves. We try to give lots of ideas, not because any family should do lots and lots of things, but because some ideas may resonate with you and your family more than others. We’re trying to make it easier for busy parents to offer their children the Faith in bite-size, everyday pieces, so that our regular lives are imbued with our faith life.

An interesting thing I’ve found in my own life: when I offer God time in the beginning of my day, sometimes he multiplies my time for me. Kind of like the loaves and fishes that the boy offered to Jesus that Jesus then multiplied to feed the 5,000 and have leftovers. That time offered to God doesn’t have to be a lot. The time you have may look paltry, like 5 small loaves and 2 fish looked to the crowd, but God is amazing and generous and nothing will be impossible to Him.

St. Vincent Palotti may have had busy parents in mind when he said: “You must be holy in the way God asks you to be holy. God does not ask you to be a Trappist monk or a hermit. He wills that you sanctify your everyday life.”

Let us choose to do one thing this week that can sanctify our everyday lives.

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