Some people say the toughest job is raising kids. Whether you are a stay-at-home Mom (or Dad) or a working parent, I think you’d agree that parenting is downright difficult. We spend countless hours when babies are very young teaching them to walk and talk, only to find ourselves years later telling them to sit down and shut-up.
Although I joke, raising kids is a very serious job that not everyone gets right. There are many parents out there who struggle to find a balance between working and parenting. Others try to balance showing affection equally among all their kids.
In the end, how do you know you’ve done a good job?
Although there are many awards out there stating: “World’s Best Mommy” or “Father of the Year” – we know that they don’t really matter. What’s important is to see the love and affection of your child being returned in kind to you. For many unfortunately, this doesn’t happen until later in life (we know it doesn’t happen during those teenage years.) But when it does, it’s probably the best feeling in the world.
Parents spend the better part of their lives parenting (say 50ish years? For some maybe upwards of 70 or even 80 years!) – it’s what we do. Providing a house, putting food on the table, teaching, etc….all because we love our children.
It occurred to me this morning that we aren’t the only ones out there trying to get back some love and affection. God has spent thousands of years, developing our house (earth), feeding us (physically and spiritually), teaching us the truth in Word, etc….all because He loves each of us: His children.
Have you showed God any love and affection today? He is your Father.