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Empty Nest
by Kimberly Parrish
06/06/08
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So I took my son to college the other day...it was time...he is after all twenty-one and in need of some focus and direction. (His dad said to focus on moving out.) Anyhow, he's off to culinary school in the Big City with its towering skyscrapers, traffic jams, and stinky air. He was excited, I was hesitant. I couldn't help thinking "Have I done enough? Have I really prepared him for the realities of the world?"

I didn't go through this with my first son, maybe because I figured the military would fill in any gaps I'd missed, or maybe because I still had two children at home. Now we're down to one. So as I stood outside his dorm, guarding his most prized possessions (his computer and snowboard), I smiled sympathetically to the other parents who were probably asking themselves the same questions...to some extent. My questions were leaning more toward the spiritual.

Yes, I took Roy to church at a young age. Yes, he accepted Christ as Savior. He was active in the church youth group and has made lifelong friends among fellow believers. But is it enough? A little late to be asking I suppose. After all, a man's personality is formed as a boy, although God can change the hardest of hearts.

I could drive myself crazy asking "What if?" and I still wouldn't have all the answers, but praise God, He does. The Bible tells us to "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." (Prov. 22:6) We all have different methods of "training" our children and God makes no mistakes placing us in the families we have (even if we think otherwise).

So will Roy give into temptations? You bet...(didn't we?) Will he fail miserably at times? Of course. But I believe he has a solid foundation to stand on and that healthy seeds have been planted in him. I believe he will do well in life. I believe he will be happy. I believe in him...because I believe in God.

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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