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Parents, You’re Doing An Amazing Job!

Dear Moms and Dads,

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 (NLT)

As your Pastor, I want to take a moment to remind you of something incredibly important…You are doing an exceptional job as a parent! Even on those tough days when self-doubt creeps in, know that your efforts and love make a significant impact on your children’s lives. Today is National Parents Day, and I want to encourage you and offer some practical advice to keep you going strong on this beautiful and challenging journey of parenthood.

Acknowledge Your Triumphs.

Pause for a moment and reflect on the countless little victories you achieve each day. Celebrate the times you comforted your child during a nightmare, taught them an important life lesson, or simply made them feel loved and cherished. Remember, parenting is not about being flawless. It’s about showing up, loving your child, and pointing them to Jesus!

Extend Yourself Grace.

Let’s face it. Nobody is perfect. There will be days when you lose your temper, make mistakes, or feel overwhelmed. In those moments, be kind to yourself and offer forgiveness. Remember that resilience is not about never stumbling. It’s about picking yourself up, learning from the experience, and growing stronger and wiser.

Practice Self-Care.

One of the most powerful gifts you can give your children is taking care of yourself. Just as an airplane safety demonstration advises securing your own oxygen mask before assisting others, prioritize your well-being. Set aside time for activities that replenish your energy and bring you joy, whether it’s listening to Worship music, reading a book, enjoying a hot bath, running, or spending quality time with friends. By considering your own needs, you’ll be better equipped to provide the emotional support your children require.

Seek Support.

Don’t hesitate to reach out for help when you need it. Parenting can feel isolating at times, but remember, you’re not alone. Reach out to Jesus, your family, your Small Group, and our church family for a listening ear, encouragement, and support. Sharing your experiences with others who understand can be immensely comforting and empowering.

So, take a deep breath and embrace the beautiful journey of parenthood. Remember that your love, dedication, and perseverance make you an extraordinary parent. You have what it takes to raise remarkable humans, and your efforts are shaping the future generation. Keep going, keep growing, keep trusting Jesus and always remember that you are doing an amazing job!

I’m praying for you and your family. With deep love and respect.


  • Chris Reed

    Chris married his beautiful bride, Tina, in 1990. They have three wonderful adult children, Jacob, Kaylee, and Macie Joy. Chris began pastoring at a church in Los Angeles in 1995 where he was the Children’s and Student Pastor. He was the Executive Pastor of Student Ministries at John Maxwell's church in South Florida before he came to Saddleback in 2008 as our Pastor to 20s/30s. He has since served as Singles Pastor, Small Groups Pastor, Marriages Pastor, and Parents Pastor. He is currently our Extensions Pastor, leading the charge for Saddleback Church start-ups across the US and world. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies and his Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership.

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