There are a lot of experiences in life that allow us to learn more about the character of God and what it means to follow him in word and deed. Parenthood is one such experience. It changes everything – from how we see life and ourselves to what we do on a daily basis. It can be a difficult transition for many as they learn for the first time how to put the needs of someone else above everything else in their lives.
The limitations that parenthood temporarily places on life, often become our focus, but let’s turn our attention towards the incredible benefits we gain from personal growth during parenthood. Parenthood gives us a first-hand glimpse into the heart of how our Father feels towards us. Parenthood pushes us towards Christ’s character in tangible ways every day. Here are a few ways that parenthood can teach us about God and what it means to be a Christ follower.
- God’s love. One of the most profound lessons that parenthood teaches is just how much God loves his children. The love a parent has for their child is hard to describe or understand. When we reflect upon our innate, deep love for our children we realize just how much our Heavenly Father must love us. In fact, we know that God loved us so much that he was willing to die for us that we may live eternally. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” This leads to the next lesson we can learn…
- Sacrificial love. Jesus died for us. God’s sacrifice is better understood through the experience of parenthood. Parenthood reveals the type of love and care we feel for our children where we would be willing to lay down our lives for them. We value our children’s lives above our own and would do anything to see them flourish. Likewise, God loved the world so much that he became the perfect sacrifice for our sins, fulfilling the law. Romans 3:25 says, “God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood–to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness.” There’s no doubt that one of God’s purposes for parenthood is that we better grasp the extent of his sacrificial love for us.
- The importance of holiness. Being a parent shows you that your relationship with God not only affects you, but also those around you. Just as we look to Jesus as our model for holy living, our children look to us. Even when we are unaware of it, they’re watching and learning from us. As Christians, parenthood becomes a ministry. It’s our responsibility to demonstrate God’s truth to our children, “training [them] up in the way [they] should go” (Proverbs 22:6). It’s a huge responsibility, and ultimately, it will bring us back on our knees before our Savior. We cannot do it without Him. We need to be empowered by the Holy Spirit to live righteously. Parenthood reminds us of this on a daily basis. Thankfully God’s grace and mercy can carry us through.
- Slowing down. Parenthood slows us down. And while many may fail to recognize it, this is a gift! Parenting may mean you can’t stay out as late as you used to or travel as often, but it also encourages you to enjoy the here and now. Through the eyes of child you can see and experience life in a way you never have before. Psalm 8:2 says, “From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise.” Children are full of awe for the world around them, and we can be too. When we slow down to live life with our family we have time to marvel at God’s goodness in every detail around us. Thankfulness brings joy, and joy gives us strength to live our lives with no regrets.
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