I’m going to go out on a limb and say raising children is the most difficult “job” around. not only is it exhausting mentally, physically and emotionally, but also the responsibility that lies on parents’ shoulders is heavy. to teach them to be well rounded, upstanding, respectful, authentic, loving individuals is a tall order. and if that’s not enough, we then have to let them go out into this big, bad world.
the latter could quite possibly be the toughest of them all. their entire life up until this point was about teaching them right from wrong and doing your best to protect them from every potential harm. there comes a time when they must have the opportunity to put into practice all you’ve taught them… even if that means they fall. much of who we are (or are becoming) comes on the coattails of the mistakes in our lives.
so what does that mean for us parents– trust! trust in the perfect Father, who is not only in Heaven and can see the whole picture, but walked this earth and knows the struggles of this life. and trust in the one who is everywhere at all times! trust that what He did for you, He will also do for your children because He is the same “yesterday and today and forever,” for everyone!
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. (Proverbs 22:6 NIV)
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8 NIV)