“It is difficult enough going home… it is my job, my duty, my sincerest desire and prayer to make their path home as easy to travel as possible…”
I’m so proud to watch my son grow. Does he see that? Probably not. When I offer words of correction, often he views it as my disappointment in him.
I am equally proud of seeing my daughter mature into a beautiful woman. And yet, with her as well, I must watch carefully how my instructions come across. She misunderstands my instructions, often mistaking them for severe disappointment – which is never my intention. She can’t see that I am just trying my best to help her begin to know how to act and behave and treat others – including her brother!
With both of my children, I am responsible for putting them on a path towards Godly character. I am training each child not only to be men and woman of character but how to recognize others with these same qualities so that as they choose friends and, ultimately, mates both with have a grounded sense of how to treat others and how they should expect to be treated.
To see them grow and mature brings with it a sadness that is unfamiliar to God in that as we grow and mature spiritually, we are growing towards God while our growth and maturity in the natural world takes us further from our earthly parents. Such is the nature of life’s cycle. I don’t know if this is the way God intended but this is how it typically unfolds.
This causes me to pause and perhaps work a little harder at remaining as close to my own father as I once was as a child. Maybe with my own kids, I can implant some small seed of attract-ability in the hope that – while there will come a time where they will have to go their own way in this world – they will always have a path back home. And, it will be a path that they choose to travel and visit often as we grow old! I try to make the path smooth and free of obstacles now and that takes a great deal of maintenance and care, kind of like mowing the grass. Easy? No. Necessary? Yes. Worth the sweat and strain? Absolutely! My words of love and correction, even when misunderstood, if offered in soft wisdom and grace will smooth the path and make for a most attractive and travelable road in the tomorrows to come.
Peace, today. Sean G.
Today’s Scripture: Malachi 3:17-18
17 “They shall be mine, says the LORD of hosts, in the day when I make up my treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him.
18 Then once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.