Parenting, whether it’s one, six, or ten, is hard work, but it’s heroic work. Through parenting you are actively shaping the next generation in this world. The idea as parents is to shape our kids into the kind of people that you will want to be friends with when they are adults, but if we want to have our best shot at friendship down the road then we have to do the hard work of discipline now.
“The test of Christian love is not in loud professions about loving the whole church, but in quietly helping a brother who is in need. If we do not even help a brother, it is not likely we would ‘lay down our lives’ for ‘the brethren.’” -- Warren Wiersbe
They say that opposites attract, and in many ways that’s true. We often find the person who is our opposite but that balances us. This complementary nature is how a marriage should function, each one filling in the gaps and meeting the needs of each other.
You’ve heard the saying, “The grass is greener on the other side.” However, I’d dare to say, especially when it comes to marriage, that the grass is greener where it’s being cared for. Paul tells us this same principle in Ephesians 5.