With back-to-school time upon us, I've been doing some thinking. As parents, we often want to start the school year with everything perfect. Ok, the reality is that we all know it's not going to be perfect, but we're trying just the same. But, something that might be even more important than how we start, is how we finish.
Now, I'm not just talking about looking forward to the end of this school year, I'm talking about looking at the end of our children's adolescence. How will you end your kids' childhood? It is important to finish strong. Finish with heart-strings tied, not severed. Finish knowing that you have actively loved your children every day (especially when they're being hard to love!) Finish with your children knowing that you love them.
No grade on a spelling test, or placing in a sports tournament should come between your heart and your children. No mis-understanding, or even rebellion, should make your children think you don't love them.
Parenting is hard work. You will probably have days when you are disappointed in a decision your child makes. There will be days when they are disappointed in you. But there are SO MANY days to live... don't waste them!
So start well, this year, this decade, this child...but more importantly, finish strong. Finish with your family intact, with heart-strings tied, and with love overflowing. God is able to do more than we can ask or imagine. Allow Him to work in your heart, so you can live a life that shows His love to your children.