I’m only two months into ‘parenthood’ and I’m already surprised how much I have learned about the Father’s heart for us. In order to be good parents and guide these small human beings through this life, we first need to be guided.
If our walk with God is real, it will provide footsteps for our children to follow. Footsteps of faith will lead them closer, as we also grow closer, to Our Heavenly Father. Parenthood and faith are journeys, and every journey starts with a single step.
- Both journeys begin at birth.
Without a birth, it’s impossible to be a parent. Without being “born again” it’s impossible to be a true believer.”Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” – John 3:3
Being reborn is not the “repeat after me prayer” you prayed once in third grade. Birth is a memorable, breath-taking, life-changing experience.
- And your life will change.
It’s impossible to stay the same if you learn to love someone else more than you love yourself. The change might be hard and slow. The chipping away of selfishness and pride doesn’t come easy. However, if a true encounter with love doesn’t change your life, nothing will.
- It’s all about love.
Love is so much more than that wonderful feeling of holding a newborn in your arms. Love is God and God is love: this is the basic equation for life. Without Him, we are simply not capable of loving. We have a lot to learn about love, and if we desire to learn, both parenthood and faith make great Teachers.
- Do it by the Book.
It’s one thing to be religious, to know your Bible and theology, and to follow rules and regulations. It’s something else to have faith, to trust in the Unseen, and to have hope in God. It is possible to know all about something without experiencing it. It is also possible to experience something without knowing everything about it.
In the same way, we can read many books, blogs and articles about parenthood and even more about faith without actually experiencing one or the other. In a relationship, it is not about head knowledge…it’s about the one-on-one experience.
- Every relationships is unique.
The most foolish thing we can do in regards to personal experiences is to compare. There is no perfect formula to achieving a good relationship. Developing a personal relationship is like a journey on which you either grow closer to your companion or further apart. You also have to make an investment of time to secure a relationship.
In the wise words of Dr Anthony P Witham: “Children spell love T-I-M-E”
It’s also true about our relationship with God. We must choose to take time for Him. We have to choose to make Him our top priority. Our Heavenly Father doesn’t force His love on us.
- We have the freedom to choose
Just as we want our children to make good decisions as they get older, we need to make a decision every day to keep on choosing to follow Christ. Parenthood and faith are not about one great decision but rather choices and decisions we make every day.
- Sometimes we will make bad decisions.
This is also how we learn. Very few bad decisions are fatal. Our children will surely grow up regardless of our mistakes. God is a loving Father who does not reject us because of our failures and mistakes. If we’re not too proud to admit our shortcomings and confess our sins, He pours out His love, forgiveness, and healing.
- Sacrifices will be part of the journey.
In order to hold our children, or to hold on to our faith, we have to let go of many earthly things. Our reward will be little arms hugging our necks and treasures in heaven as we live this life in the Light of the greatest Sacrifice of all!
Perhaps Our Father gave us children because we need to be reminded on a daily basis that we need to become like children….
“And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3
….And that we are His children.
“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:26 KJV
“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” Luke 11:13 KJV