I heard the song "You are More" by Tenth Avenue North early this morning.  I have probably heard it 100 times before, but today I heard it from a different perspective...

I can be too hard on my kids. Any of "my kids" include my sons, my nieces, the RAs I work with, the students in my Sunday School class, and the swimmers I coach.  I am reminded that they are KIDS.  I need to give them hope when they make bad choices;  hope when they make multiple mistakes; and hope when they create problems for themselves.    

It is not about what they do or have done.  It is about what has been done for them.  They are forgiven and loved.  I am convicted to follow that example and give children more grace.  I hope to take hard moments and make them teachable moments in light of the words below.

You are more than the choices that you've made,
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes,
You are more than the problems you create,
You've been remade.

'Cause this is not about what you've done,
But what's been done for you.
This is not about where you've been,
But where your brokenness brings you to

This is not about what you feel,
But what He felt to forgive you,
And what He felt to make you loved.

You've been remade
You've been remade.
You've been remade.
You've been remade.