Children are a blessing. I think that is something that I have heard all my life, and when I became a mom I realized just how true it is. I don’t think society as a whole believes that statement though, or at least they don’t always act like it. Now don’t get me wrong, I know that little ones are a lot of work, and require a lot of sacrifice. I have realized over the past two years that our perspective of our children affects so many things, and sometimes we just need a reality check to get our perspective where it needs to be.
Our perspective of our children affects every aspect of the way we parent. The mindset that children are a burden is seen everywhere in our society, and if we aren’t careful it can so easily creep into our hearts.
We get annoyed when things are taking too long, without realizing that we have the opportunity to train these precious hearts.
We are bothered by the noise and the mess, without thinking of how lonely our home would be without them.
We feel like we are surrounded by so many mundane tasks, without thinking about how training a child may be the greatest impact we ever have on this world.
We hate the way that pregnancy has changed our bodies, without thinking of the women struggling with infertility who would give anything to be in our place.
It breaks my heart to see this mentality so prevalent, and it hurts even more when I realize that I sometimes let it creep into the little parts of my life. Help me Lord to have the right perspective, and remind me of how blessed I am to train little hearts.
“Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them.” Psalm 127: 3-5a