Perfected in Love
In last several weeks, we have explored the word "love". The common denominator is that love is complex and complicated in any language. So how does that translate into parental love? I am not a parent yet, but I have worked with many parents in the last year. I have seen how they are struggling with their child's schooling, behavior, and eating choices. They ask questions like, "Why won't my kids just go to bed? Why can't I get my kids to eat anything besides snack foods? Am I being unreasonable when I ask them to take their dishes to the kitchen?!" Parenting has caused a lot of anxiety, worry, and fear.
Fortunately, they are not alone in their struggles. Holly Crashaw, a ministry leader and an author parent, wrote an article "10 Affirmations for the Worried Parent". I especially like her point about our brains, "[O]ur minds are way more powerful than we could ever understand. The direction we point our thoughts directly determines the direction of our lives." So how do we direct our thoughts?