Dad’s Tool’s – Thursday, Dec 20, 2012

Nobody’s Perfect! Manger Build Devotion for Thursday, December 20 from Mike Young on Vimeo.

Dad, today’s devotion is called Nobody’s Perfect. If the manger you built with the kids is like most of them, it’s not perfect. So, it gives you a great way to talk about imperfection. Here’s how you can do this.

Get the whole family around the manger and ask them to study it. Look closely and begin to identify all the things that are wrong with it. Take note of bent nails, chipped boards, hammer dents, whether it wobbles or not, crooked boards, knot holes. Try to pick out as many imperfections as possible.

Then, take this moment to say to your family something like this, “You know, our manger isn’t perfect, and I’m not perfect.” This does take some courage, but you can begin to confess some of your imperfections. How far you take this may depend on the age of your kids and/or your comfort with transparency. But, at the very least, you could talk about some mistakes you’ve made in life. Don’t go on forever but clearly let your kids see that you are willing to admit your imperfections… in life, in parenting,

Dad, be aware… If your children are young, they probably think you’re perfect. Consider Proverbs 17:6 Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers. So, children are hardwired to adore and admire their dads. You can capitalize on that or squander it. If your children are older, they may be quick to help you point out your imperfections! This devotional time will provide a great opportunity for you to have wonderful conversations with children of all ages.

Now, invite them to talk about some of their own imperfections and mistakes. Help them understand that we are all imperfect. Now, read Romans 3:10-12 As it is written, “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”

Here’s the key. Dad, make sure your kids understand that no one is perfect, we are all flawed, just like your manger. But, Jesus is perfect and God’s love for us is perfect. God sent his son to be perfect in our place, because we can’t be.

Lead your family in a quick prayer, thanking God for his perfect plan and His perfect Son Jesus.