|I love being a dad. There’s nothing better in this world than seeing my kids smile and watching them learn and grow. However, there’s also a price to be paid when you are a parent. Before we had our own family, I used to look at people who had kids and hear them talk about how happy they were, but all the while I would be thinking to myself, They don’t look happy. They look tired and poor and like they never have any free time. At the same time, I watched as every single one of them grew in character; they were more patient, kind, and loving, even those who had started out really rough around the edges. Indeed, parenting is a sacrifice, but there is something extremely rewarding about giving yourself away for the sake of your children.
Being called to invest in another human being tirelessly and without thanks builds the human spirit and strengthens the soul, unlike anything else. As a Christian, pouring into the lives of others without earthly reward is one of the most profound and deeply spiritual experiences you can have. Whether it’s your children, grandchildren, spouse, friends, or students, relinquishing your own desires for the sake of another will enrich your soul, even when you can’t see a benefit or payoff.
Friend, if you’ve been walking the road of faithfulness for a long time and feel close to giving up, my heart’s cry for you today is to keep going — keep giving, loving, praying, sacrificing, and keep trusting the Lord to finish the good work He started, both in you and in those you care for!