Thursday, May 3, 2012
Bristol Palin published a blog post today, filled with much-needed wisdom. On the National Day of Prayer, a day that many are more deeply reflecting on God, our need for Him, and eternity, her words are particularly poignant. Her focus, however, is not this day, or any certain day, for that matter. Her focus is on the beauty of knowing every day who she is in Christ. Her message is the right one, for our identity must be rooted in our relationship with God, not in anything else--not even in the good things we often find ourselves viewing as the sum total of who we are.
Many times, people try to define me by my parents. I am Republican Sarah Palin’s daughter. Or, here in Alaska, I am Iron Dog champion Todd Palin’s kid. This is true – and I’m so proud of my family and my parents! But, there’s something even better.
What am I talking about?
Well, after I wrote about “How I Got Over My Very Public Mistakes,” the guys at CCEF sent me a nice little bundle of materials. I’m just now reading one little booklet, called “Single Parent: Daily Grace for the Hardest Job” which has this description:
If you are a single parent, you already know you have one of the hardest jobs in the world. Trying to be both dad and mom–breadwinner, cook, chauffeur, comforter, dishwasher, homework helper, disciplinarian, nurse, and role mode–can wear down the hardiest man or woman. But do you know that God, in the Bible, offers words of grace, power, and hope especially for you?
Well, that got my attention! In the first chapter, Robert D. Jones writes that we should mainly view ourselves as Christians, not as “single parents.”
While our marital or parental positions describe our circumstances, they do not give us our identity. Whether you are single, a parent, or that challenging hybrid of a single parent, that is not who you ARE. Who are you? Hear the apostle’s words to all who belong to Christ Jesus.
He then quotes this:
“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourself with Christ.” (Galatians 3)
Many times, people try to define me by my parents and my family, which is wonderful. I’m so proud of all of them! But my true spiritual identity is even better than proudly wearing the last name of “Palin.” How much better is it that I’m a child of God?
In other words, I’m not so much a “Christian SINGLE PARENT,” I am a CHRISTIAN who for the time being is a single parent. Being a single mom is my situation, not my identity.
Are you a struggling single parent or do you know one? Leave a comment below before Monday at noon and I’ll randomly select one of you to receive this great little mini-book!