Hold them with an open hand
I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you we live in a crazy world. There are reasons to worry on every corner. As most parents can relate I especially worry about my kids. We have two girls and my husband is already looking for bodyguards to follow them around when they hit teenage years.
Although the thought of building a bomb shelter and picking out their mate sounds very tempting, I am willing to bet that method of parenting is generally frowned upon…but still tempting.
The truth is, as much as I want to keep their sweet innocent minds from influences of the world to a minimum, I cannot control everything. To even try would be exhausting and foolish. We live in this world, so I must prepare them for it. Even so, when my mind starts to race on all the things I should or should not do to help mold their future, God whispers, “Yea…um…whose kids are these?” (I like to pretend God is sarcastic like me)
Then as I feel the burden lifted. I am reminded They are yours Lord. You have given me the PRIVLEDGE to parent these children, but they are yours. You are in control of their lives. My worry CANOT CHANGE A THING. You know every hair on their head and every decision they will make. Plus Living in the “what if’s” stops me from enjoying the present.
I will hold them as tight as I can with an open hand. I know that you are the one directing their future, not me. Even though it is hard to imagine, you love them even more than I do. You care for them, and you are much stronger and more powerful than I could ever dream to be.
Rick Warren said this:
You have a choice: will you choose to look at your life – and your ministry — through eyes of faith or eyes of fear?
Look at the situation through eyes of fear and you’ll only see the giants in the land. Look at the situation through eyes of faith and you’ll see the big God who goes before you.
Which eyes are you looking through?
Do you worry about your kids too?