I remember trying to pull out a very loose tooth from our 6 year old son! His screams could be heard in the next suburb. We had experienced his anxiety over this tooth for several days and we decided that enough was enough and the tooth had to go! The problem was that we lived next door to the Church in Belmore, Sydney and it was a Sunday morning! I don’t know what I spoke on that morning but I’m sure the members thought we were horrible parents who should be arrested for child abuse! It is not easy being a parent as we need to be constantly prepared for the unexpected! A good parent is one who has learnt the art of balancing priorities. If we are to be people who put others first we need to regularly read the following verses.
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:12-17, ESV.
For many of us we have forgotten the rigours of raising children but it is good for us to be patient with those who are still going through this interesting and exciting time and to support them with prayer and with kind words of encouragement.