“Good Fortune”. “Lucky streak”. “Blessing from God”.
Many people use these three phrases interchangeably. The first two are more or less the same, but the third is very different.
Blessings from God come with absolutely no strings attached. However, they do come with great responsibility.
When our daughter came into our lives we experienced many different emotions. We realized on the first day we brought her home that she was our responsibility. No more folks coming to take her all night and feed her when she cries. No more pages to the nurse desk to bring things. We were on our own.
We felt both excited and scared (as any first time parents feel) as we fumbled through diaper changes, 2AM feedings, and screaming fits. Those days are long past us and we have come to learn that we still don’t know what we’re doing.
By the time we had our second child the fear lessened, but the responsibility only grew. It has continued to grow with each passing year.
It is amazing to watch these two crazy kids develop their own personalities. We realize there are many things we have control over for now, but not forever.
We don’t have to pump info into her head like a computer, but we do need to give her books to read, good TV programs to watch, and creative outlets to express herself.
Their minds are sponges. We are responsible for making sure what they absorb makes them better people. We have them for such a small period of time. There will be a point in the future where our only influence we have on them is through the things we’ve taught and the examples we have given.
They will feel our love no matter where they go if we cover them in it while we still can.
Most importantly, they need to not only hear our profession of love and devotion to Jesus, but to see it in action. They need to see us praying, hear us read the Bible, and know that we will be going to church because we “want to”, not because we “have to” do it. We need to raise them to love God the way we love Him.
Children are amazing blessings and the greatest responsibility we will ever know.
The world is a scary place to raise a child. God help us. That’s not just a saying, but our prayer.