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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Looking Into the Eyes of a Parent

Looking Into the Eyes of a Parent
There's nothing like looking into the eyes of a parent as you talk about your children finding their paths. It's hard to describe how deeply we want our children to do well and provide for themselves. Is it about getting them off of our financial support? Well, yeah, there's some of that. But far greater is our desire to see them thrive on their own.





Looking Into the Eyes of a Parent

By Evan Nehring

We had dinner last night with old friends at a family event. Perfect evening for an outdoor birthday party. The warm breeze wafted the grilled chicken and veggies through the park shelter. Kids played on the jungle gym. Festive chatting all around. Old acquaintance should not be forgotten.

Looking Into the Eyes of a Parent

We talked about our kids--among many other things--since we're both in that season of life where our children are making their way on their own road trips.

There's nothing like looking into the eyes of a parent as you talk about your children finding their paths. Their daughter was there. We talked about her job and her brother's job. It's hard to describe how deeply we want our children to do well and provide for themselves. Is it about getting them off of our financial support? Well, yeah, there's some of that. But far greater is our desire to see them thriving in a career path of their own.

We talked about worldview, about all of the wild ideas about God and reality that our kids are walking into. We talked about establishing a spiritual center of Christian values and connection with the Creator. How could we not want that sort of solid character for our kids?

Love? Well of course! Some of the teens and young adults at the park were sort of paired up and hanging out. It can be all consuming. Making a difference in the world? In some ways our kids are still working up to that. In some ways they're there.

My friend asked me, "So, this book of yours, is it for parents or for kids?" I said, "Yes." Sure, it's a Christian grad gift book so it's written for the kids. For us parents, though, it's a walk through all of these five great questions of life. These big moments. These possible pitfalls. If we're going to be there for our kids, we need to know what we believe and make sense of where we've been.

Christian parents, I know how powerless you can feel sometimes. God is with us. He will guide us and strengthen us as we walk with our kids through the drama of life's big moments. We're not powerless. We're not at the mercy of happenstance. We can pray and prepare. We can be there for our kids.

We will be.

Comments Are Always Welcome...

So, are your kids going through big real-life moments right now? How's that going? Young adults, do you have any words of wisdom for anxious parents?

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