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Musings on the nature of parenting
by Lynda Miller
08/21/08
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Not unlike C.S Lewis, life has me very introspective lately. As a female and a writer, I usually have a running mental commentary on what Iím dealing with at the time, but it has gotten to the point where thereís less and less of a break.

Possibly, itís my current trials as a parent. Any parent that cares will tell you that they want to do their best at the job. That includes a precarious balance of nurturing and gradually moving your child towards total independence. Any honest parent will tell you that itís a ďlearn on the jobĒ position. So, Iíve been thinking at length about how the perfect parent, God, would handle my current circumstances. Iíve come to some startling conclusions.

Throughout the Bible, God states His expectations of His children. These are not unreasonable and are designed to keep us safe which is any good parentís job. Typical of children, His people are prone to wander. He sends warnings to get them back on track, much like a parentís discipline. However, sometimes the warnings are not heeded. Thatís where things get really rough.

He lets them go. They get captured, taken over and end up slaves of the conquering nation. He warns them and then lets them make the choice, even if itís the wrong one. Admittedly, Iím not so good at that part.

For some reason, pride maybe, I think I have a persuasive enough argument that things wonít come to that. He will listen, I tell myself. So far, that has not worked AT ALL.

But thereís hope in the midst of it all. Eventually, His children ďget itĒ. They come to their senses and realize He was right all along. Better yet, He ALWAYS takes them back. ALWAYSÖ

I donít think He likes having to temporarily turn away. Iím sure He would prefer them to ďget itĒ without having to take such drastic measures. I know, even being a human parent, thatís the last thing I want to do. However, what if itís the only way? As hard as itís going to be, I know what I have to do.


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LauraLee Shaw 21 Aug 2008
Some great thought and insight presented here. Thanks for sharing.




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