You ever think about what children give to us as parents? In Dr. Edward Hallowell’s book, The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness, he shares some of the gifts our children give. They take our eyes off the pressures of life. They give us a chance as adults to roll on the floor, bark, and make faces. They keep us from getting stale, dry, and boring. They make us exercise as we chase after them.
The keep us mentally sharp. Ever tried to help your kid with homework? They give us an opportunity to relearn all we forgot in school! Kids keep us from taking ourselves too seriously. They make us pray harder than ever, as we cry out for God’s wisdom and grace. Looking into the eyes of our children they stir in us a new desire to dig deeper, try harder, and go further in life for them.
Our children are gifts! These little gifts don’t hang round forever. As quickly as our childhood years passed by, their childhood will vanish away. The fun years, where we can really connect with them as kids – family movie night, fishing, bed time stories, kiss me good night – will fly by. They can grow up and out of the home without us ever connecting with them.
Isn’t it interesting how we struggle to enjoy the season we’re in when we’re in it? When we were single it was, “I can’t wait until I get married.” When we get married – “I can’t wait until I have kids.” When we have kids – “I can’t wait until they grow up.” When they grow up – “I wish they were babies again.”
Enjoy where you are! Enjoy your kids. The other day I took Moriah and Emily fishing. It was one of those nights when the TV had been on too long. I said, “Let’s go fishing!” and they reluctantly came along. My sole responsibility was to worm the hooks, which kept me busy! We hit the pond at just the right time, pulling in one fish after another. I got to say, I had a blast and they did too. I left that time energized.
Our children are great gifts. Are you enjoying them?