Amid the uncertainties of life, parents can teach their children how to maintain healthy relationships, live by faith, choose wisely and to accept the consequences of their choices. Read about four spiritually healthy responses to pain caused by people, events and circumstances.
From the first day on earth every child is plugged into mom and dad to meet all their needs. There is a network of invisible wires connecting us to our children. Our task as a spiritual parent is to carefully unplug this network of invisible wires connecting them with us and then reconnect them to the Lord.
It becomes so easy for us to rest in our piety… assuming that we are right. We may flail about with our our voices shrieking like nails on a chalkboard, but it won’t make a difference in the end if we are right. For not only are our voices silently echoing back at us, but more often than not, others (the people of this world) are quietly ignoring us (the people of the Church). The question for us as Christian parents is this: How, then, should we live?
The essence of the American dream is that if you work hard enough, move fast enough and dream big enough you will achieve your goals. “Pursue your dreams and follow your heart,” is the message we have been seduced with, cajoled to reach for, and coaxed to live by from birth – into adulthood – and to death. Inherent to this statement is the assumption that pursuing our dreams and following our hearts produces happiness, peace of mind, success and more. Herein lies the paradoxical problem of living by this principle.
The lost son knew that his father was a fair man, and that he was better off being his father’s hired hand than out on the streets. So the Prodigal Son made his decision to go home based on what he knew about his father: that he was a man of honor and character. He knew his father would treat him at least as fairly as he treated his hired hands.