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The Beauties of Sandpaper

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If wood could feel, how would it feel when rubbed with sandpaper?

I think it might feel a bit like we do when irritated by those closest to us. No one advertises marriage or parenting as a form of sandpaper–but it is! Those closest to us have a way of going against our grain, of wearing us down.

Yet like sandpaper smooths wood into something usable, those very irritations we shrink from can help sanctify our hearts and mold us into what God intends.

“For this is the will of God, even your sanctification,…” 1 Thessalonians 4:3 (KJV)

Yes, we’re to work on shaping our children’s character. Yes, we’re called to train and disciple them. But we can’t see clearly to do so until we first let God work on us…and He’ll use the very struggles of parenting to do so if we let Him.

 “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:5 (ESV)

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