As the father of two beautiful girls, I consider that I have been especially blessed by God. Our oldest girl just turned 7, while the younger girl is not yet two years old. They are both lovely in every way. Our oldest girl really loves Jesus and is already showing definite signs of faith and discipleship. We believe she will be very fruitful for God in her life.
Even with all the blessings and joy that come through being a father, a parent, no one can deny that there are challenges along the way. Some people get greater challenges than others in parenting. Mari and I have had a pretty good run, and we thank God for that. But like everyone else, we've found that parenting is real WORK. To do the work of parenting properly, you have to put time, energy and resources into it. This is even more so for the mother than for the father. So why do it? Well, that's something worth thinking about.
The Shock of Facing Up to Parenthood
Perhaps some people become parents without thinking about it too much. We all know from a physical point of view what the process is that leads to children coming into the world. There's a lot of natural desire built into us to engage in that process, and so for many it just happens.
When the first baby comes into a couple's life, something changes forever. Its an awesome feeling of responsibility and trepidation that comes into your life when you take that little bundle home from the hospital using the special car seat you just had installed. When the little one is there at home with you for the first time, Mom is probably still very exhausted after the ordeal of giving birth. Then the baby cries. It needs to be fed. It needs to be changed. It needs to be settled. Thus begins a cyclical process that will go on for a number of years. Are you used to having a good uninterrupted 8 hours sleep a night? That will change. Are you used to being totally organized and feeling like you are in control of your life? That's going to change as well.
Suddenly you have this little life that you and your spouse are responsible for. Its a big responsbility, and it goes on for many, many years. It will cost financially, emotionally, and in every way. So why do we do it?
The Value of Parenthood
God is a Father, and He is seeking for godly offspring. The Bible says concerning marriage: