This Labor Day holiday, I had the privilege of spending three days with children from my church with other singles while the couples went away on a couples’ retreat. There were about 8 kids in total, and they were all very well behaved and they gave me visions of what I want my own kids to be like. I can only imagine the amount of effort that all these parents have placed into parenting their kids in the way of God, and the rewards that they will reap through their lives.
I experienced the joy of a kid filling the house with pleasant melodies from a piano, the joy of riding on a swing with some little boys, the thrill of racing down a slide with a little girl.
The Psalmist is right:
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate. – Psalm 127:3-5
I also had the privilege of observing how other people took care of the kids, including shopping, meal preparation, helping children wash up, taking them out to play, egging them to rest, helping them with their assignments, disciplining them when they disobey instructions, etc.
May God grant me strong foundations for the future of my family. I definitely look forward to the joys of parenting :D