Devoted to my son, Chase Alexander
I know the real battle lies within
But even the outward, I’d be content to win
A heart of stone I can attest
So apparent at two
Also buried deep in my chest
Like a miniature mirror reflecting my sin
You walk around in need of Him
Only Christ can make your spirit new
So look to Him, for your worth and value
Even though God placed me over you
He knew I would falter and need Him too
And when I fail to do what I say
Let me not be your stumbling block, but instead pray
That I would shepherd you well in truth and grace
With understanding that you face what I face
The words He’s given me I now give you
Obey His commands, for they are right and true.
My heels are bruised from digging in
I refuse to let my toddler win!
Get out your shield. Get out the armor.
The battle is worth fighting! I have waged the war!
Your soul is at stake and the winner takes all
Parenting is only the microcosm,
Let us not forget the Fall.
The greater battle involves man and the snake
Evil has made its way in, now our eternity is at stake.
Cling to Jesus in the face of the serpent, my dear son
Take courage that the victory is already won!
The greater battle is inward you see!
Not about all the rules given by mommy.
Those are there to point you on the narrow path.
That you may inherit God’s blessing and not His wrath.
In this fight we are on the same side.
Against us the world, flesh, and devil collide.
They will all compete for the throne of your heart
This has been man’s struggle, even from the start.
The bruises we have from digging in
Are windows to the greater war of sin.
The mundane arguments encompassing this season of life
Are not without pain, not without strife.
But rather the fuel that forces us to our knees
Confessing aloud our guilty pleas
We eagerly bow our heads to receive
Your forgiveness, your love, your empathy
We reflect on the cost of our own stubbornness
How relentless our sin! But how much greater Your rest!
We remember that You paid the greater price
By Your atoning sacrifice.
By Your Spirit our salvation is sealed
And by Your wounds we are healed.
(Gen 3:15 & Isaiah 53:5-6)