A friend of mine was telling a group of us about a friend of hers who was very blessed with material things. She then went on to say that she was also blessed with two perfect and perfectly behaved children.
And this got me to stop and think:
If this woman is 'blessed' to have two 'perfect and perfectly behaved' children, then am I not blessed because my children are not all 'perfect' and 'perfectly behaved'?
Am I not blessed because I gave birth to two children with special needs? Are we, then, as a family, not fortunate? Not beloved? Not chosen?
But James 1:17 states clearly:
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father...who does not change like shifting shadows. (NIV)
Now, I am going to go out on a limb here and say, if every good and perfect gift comes from the Father, then I choose to believe that every gift from the Father is good and perfect.
We cannot dispute that fact that our children are gifts, and from where else do gifts such as these come except from the Father?
Which to me means, dear friends, that my children, with all of their struggles, are good and perfect, designed as they were intended to be designed, with life, beauty, and a purpose,
and so are yours.
This doesn't mean that every day will be a perfect day.
This doesn't mean that bad things won't happen.
This doesn't mean that they won't make bad decisions sometimes...a lot of times...seemingly always.
And it certainly doesn't mean that it will be easy.
But it does mean that we are blessed.
All of us, with our perfectly 'imperfect' children,
Are blessed, most definitely