Change the World, Not be the Center of it.
teach, guide, love
My children are special, and wonderful and amazing. They bring me great joy. They have many gifts, and talents and they have a purpose in the world. But the world was not created for their sheer pleasure and enjoyment and it does NOT revolve around them. It is not about what the world has to offer you, it is about what you will offer the world.
I was born to be a mother. I think things through. I guard and re-act in a motherly way, even before I had children. I was born to be a mother. I love my children, but not in the way that my entire world revolves around them. I do not think they are entitled to every second of my life without distraction. I do not believe that being a good mother involves contestant smothering and worship of my children.
Why? Think it through. If every mother raised their child to consider themselves the center of the world, then as these children grow up, they would each grow up selfish and confused. This would be a generation of hurt and betrayal and without trust. But if every mother raised her child to believe that they have wonderful gifts and abilities and purpose to make the world a better place, then these children would grow up to know that they can make a difference in the world and that they would each strive to make it a better place. This would be a generation who would care, assist and have compassion for one another as they, together, create a world where love reigns.
Which mother are you? Which mother do you want to be? It is not about you, but the difference you will make in this world and the legacy you will leave for your children to follow after.
I think I am here to teach, to guide, and to love.
Love should be simple enough. Sadly, many seem to be confused about what love really is. What love looks like. Love is not over indulgent. Love is not a dictatorship. Love is patient, kind… This we know. This is how we love one another. But parental love is more. Because it requires more than just patience. Being a parent requires direction. We want to raise our children to be love, and that needs taught.
New Living Translation (NLT)
12 For the Lord corrects those he loves,
just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.