A note to parents

As a parent of two teenagers, I am made constantly aware of how little control I have over their lives and future.  I think when they are young we kid ourselves into believing we can protect them from all evils and harm.  We believe if we do a good enough job they will grow up to be healthy and happy adults.  Yet how much of this is really true?

I can name countless parents who have dedicated their lives to loving and raising their children in the best way they know how, only to find numerous roads of conflict and struggle along the way.  I think as parents we inherently know are inability to control the life of our child, however it makes it no less painful and agonizing when we can't "fix it" when they face difficult times.

How much more hurt and pain does our Heavenly Father feel when He wants so much more for us, yet we continue to make choices that cause pain and suffering?  How difficult it must be for our Creator to watch as we grow through suffering and pain only to come out the other side with a renewed sense of purpose and connection with Him? 

As parents we are not always afforded the answers to why our children suffer or face hardships.  We can only trust that the God who created our little ones loves them even more than we do, and has a plan for each life beyond our understanding.  I know my path has not been without its struggles, but I also know that those struggles were paramount in my growth. 

May we as parents today have the courage and longsuffering to see God's hands and to trust His heart as we watch Him work in and through the lives of our little ones. 

Phil. 2:13 "for it is God who is at work in you (and your children), both to will and to work for HIS good pleasure."

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