Every other day I wonder what kind of world I’m raising my children in…
I want to shelter them forever from the absence of love, so I love them more.
I want to shelter them from anger, so I try to be more patient with them…
I don’t always succeed in that, but I will keep trying.
I want to shelter them from unkindness, so I try to teach them to say ‘thank you’ and ‘please.’
We’re still working on sharing.
I want to shelter them from other people’s bad choices, to I teach them to be aware.
I had a happy childhood and I want my children to know what happiness is, so they can look for safe and longterm solutions to cope with the world.
I want them to know how much God loves them, how much God loves every human on this planet and how we need to see each other as brothers and sisters.
I want them to know that every human has the potential for greatness – not the world’s definition of greatness – that, in the words of Howard W Hunter,
“True greatness [comes from] the thousands of little deeds and tasks of service and sacrifice that constitutes the giving, or losing, of one’s life for others and for the Lord.”
Children, your time for service and sacrifice is coming. Your job now is to know joy, to know love, to see beauty in the world you live in and to know that in the end, everything will be alright.
Indeed, in the end, our life is in God’s hands.
Play on babies, play on.