My kids are smart and funny! They make me laugh every day, for the most part anyway! We have three: two boys and a girl. Matthew, Noah, and Abigail, ages 7, 4, & 2 (respectively). All three are unique, with their own personalities. It amazes me! They have grown up so fast. Where has the time gone. I hear it all the time: Cherish these moments. They will be gone before you know it and they’ll never come again. All good things….. Well, I have to constantly remind myself of these wise words of those parents who have come before me. I don’t want to look back on the time we have with each of them and regret that I wasn’t there more and that I let so many other non-important things distract me and I miss part of their childhood. Raising children is just like a marriage. It takes work. A lot of work. Constant changes and effort and then… more work. The bible says to “Train up a child in the way he should go and when they are old, they will not depart from it” Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV). Part of that verse means to bend or shape them, as in their gifts, talents, disposition, and individual character. Translation: Learn who your children are. Study them. Know them better than you do your favorite fictional character on Star Trek: The Next Generation (which I love by the way. Favorite show of all times, but I digress)! And then guide them toward the things that will lead them closer to the individual person that they should become. I’ll bet you’ll get a kick out of watching their personalities emerge! I know I have. But just like I said in my Easter Lesson post, I have a long way to go. But with Clarissa by my side, God’s guidance, and a whole lot of GRACE, I am not worried about the adult each of them will become!
They are the “Apple of my eye”. Wikipedia defines it as “Something, but usually someone, that one cherishes above all others.” They are the apple of my eye, but also a mirror image. And sometimes I don’t like the reflection. It forces me to see a part of me that needs a lot of work. Why else do you think we get so angry at our kids and then yell at them? Maybe it’s actually us that we’re mad at and dare I say it… yelling at ourselves as well. Now that’s weird. What would Sigmund Freud say about that? “Hum, isn’t that interesting”. I say, focus more on their good traits and work on the not so good. But maybe start with you first. The apple, as they say, doesn’t fall far from the tree.
PSALMS 127:3 – “Children are a blessing and a gift from God”. (CEVD)