Today, my older daughter turns 4 years old.
As most parents, I am amazed at how quickly the years have gone by.
I also wonder whether I learned more in my four years of college, four years of seminary, or four years of parenthood. It could be a close call.
Anway, reflections and insights from these 4 years:
- Children can push you to the limits of human emotion, both good and bad, and cause you to react in ways you never thought such a small creature could.
- The stupidest words I ever said (out loud), "Having kids won't change our lives THAT much".
- Having "up close and personal" experience with a child brings new levels of meaning to scriptural ideas and teachings - that God is "our Father", that Jesus commends the faith of Children, even the idea of laying down one's life for another.
- There was some Luther quote I read about Fathers changing diapers because it was a Christ-like thing. I wish I had a quarter for every dirty diaper I changed. But if I had a nickel for every sin of mine God forgave... (then I REALLY wouldn't need Google Adsense)
- Two words: ORIGINAL SIN. Kids give you a lesson it it you will never forget.
- How anyone does this on their own amazes me (single parents). How mothers do what they do amazes me. Single dads get the gold star in my book.
- I am SO not built to be a mom. My wife and I certainly offer different kinds of love to our children. Motherly, and Fatherly, respectively. But I could never do what she does.
And much, much more, of course.
Thank God for the gift of children, and for the many ways He blesses our lives through them.