A Parents Challenge

Last night my daughter informed her father and I that she will be moving back home…with terms that we would have to agree to. This make us chuckle. We would listen to her terms. Some were agreeable, some were not. Negotiation began and a settlement was made. A college senior returns home.

Family life is so interesting. We look forward to the day our children grow wings – we look forward to a simpler life – but they bring their wings home with them and life does not appear simpler.

In Luke 12, we hear about not worrying…
“For this reason I say to you, do not worry about your life, as to what you will eat; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.
Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds!”

Is this why we use spreading their wings – do we want our children to be the ravens that neither sow nor reap? Of course not, we just want them to grow in faith and be confident that the Lord will provide with what they need. This is a parents challenge today, because so many children are steeped in the materialistic society we live in. How can they balance what they need with what is provided, when their needs include cell phones, cable, ipods, new cars, big salaries.

As parents we need to teach our children the value of a dollar, “a penny saved, is a penny earned”, we need to remember those lessons that were taught to us and stop expecting everything to be handed to us on a silver plater. The Lord loves us and will provide for us.

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