I saw this series of photos on Pinterest and thought it was worth sharing.
Parenting is not for the faint at heart. It is also not something you can study and prepare for. You do your best to get ready ……… but you’re never really ready. You just hold your nose and jump in.
Every now and then people ask what advice I have for couples wanting to become parents. You can read books, that’s good. You can talk to other parents, that’s good. You could offer to keep someone else’s children while they go away for a weekend. That would be a really nice gesture, give them a much-needed break and you some on-the-job training.
But every child is different and every family has different dynamics. The basic principles are the same, but until you’ve actually had children of your own, well …….. it’s just hard to explain. It’s like learning to drive; I can tell you how it’s done, but until you sit in the driver’s seat behind the wheel and put your foot on the accelerator, it doesn’t make much sense. You have to experience it for yourself.
There are many challenging circumstances in life, parenting just happens to be one of them. Every new adventure brings with it some apprehension about what the future will be. And just like parenting, it is often hard to get advice that’s applicable to your particular situation.
Everything that you do takes time before you become experienced. Few people start a new business and become an immediate success. No one starts a new relationship and knows everything about their partner. No one enrolls in school and graduates the next day; you have to sit through the classes and study.
Every new stage of life is like a new baby coming into the world. You grasp new concepts daily; you learn to crawl, then walk, and eventually run. You drink milk then gradually learn to eat solid food.
Christ has given us all a new birth. Just like earthly parents are enamored with their own children, so our heavenly Father is enamored with his. I believe that God finds immense joy in watching us stumble through life, discovering the beauty in the world he created for us, exploring and learning how great his love is for his children. For we are indeed children of God.
1 John 3:1 – NIV
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!
Take the mug and lift it high! When you set out to explore the world today, remember whose child you are and that your Father finds great joy in you.