Thursday, April 10, 2008
Sam, during our Sunday Service, asked the questions: "What are your fears?" I immediately started thinking in my head - "yeah, what is it that I am afraid of?"
Death? - Not for me. At least not exactly. I am not afraid for myself to die, for I know that to live is Christ and to die is gain.... but ... in a way I fear death because of the thought "who then will take care of my kids if I die?"
Deeper self examination revealed that most of my fears are "family related", especially related to my kids. It does not help that many of the news today consists of crimes, accidents, doom and gloom.
I am constantly praying that nothing bad will happen to my kids and my family, that they would be safe from harm. I am constantly praying that they will make good decisions; that they will choose wisely.
And yet I know that I cannot let fear be my guide. In parenting, I need to be fearless; to do my best and trust God for the rest.
I cannot protect my kids every minute. I cannot shelter them from all harm. They must learn to deal with conflicts and to overcome hardship. They too must learn to trust, and to have faith.
The Bible says "There is no fear in love, for perfect love casts out fear". I guess, that's the kind of parenting I would like to have - perfect love, no fear.
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