Today, a co-worker brought in her beautiful new child. He is a month old and everyone is just oohing and aahing over this little sleeping prince. He has his whole life lying before him. His parents are there to train him up and he has much potential to be everything they want him to be.
Remember when your child was just a month old? They were still curled up in a ball, not wanting to stretch or just starting to let their legs snake out and their arms (with tiny hands in fists) start to make their way up past the ears. They were becoming more secure in their environment. This is the beginning of learning their limits. And as us seasoned parents find out, this never ceases. Every day there is a new limit. Whether it be for them to crawl down the hallway or scoot down the stairs, everyday they are learning new things and teaching us new things.
Do we stretch our limits with God? I believe we stretch His patience. Everyday we mess something up and need forgiveness. We learn something, whether it be desirable or undesirable. We find that we can do more and go beyond the boundaries of yesterday. Each of us just have to figure out if those are the right boundaries. Are they God-approved? I hope so.
Be careful to obey all these regulations I am giving you, so that it may always go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is good and right in the eyes of the LORD your God.