Saturday, March 16, 2013

Children: Love Them, Lead Them, and Let Go

Children by Khalil Gibran

And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, 'Speak to us of Children.'
And he said:
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The Archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the Archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.

Children are blessings from the Lord! They rightfully belong to Him. We're blessed to be given children to love and cherish, to teach and train, to guide and encourage, to provide for and pray for, to protect and equip, to support and comfort... May we (parents) be the stable, humble, dependable bow that God uses to bend the arrows (our children) where He wants them to go! He knows what's best for them since He's the One Who created them; He also loves them more than we ever could. Therefore, our desire for our children should be that they will grow to be more and more like Christ, not like us, and that they will follow the path and purpose God has chosen just for them which may be different than what we envision.

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