On loving well

Today is our oldest son’s birthday. We love him so much and are very proud of him.

I always feel a little twinge of guilt on their birthdays, it seems. I can’t say that everything I did as a parent reflected the love I truly did feel toward our four kids. I harped on them about cleaning their messy rooms, goading each other, doing their homework, getting up in the morning . . . getting up in the morning . . . getting up in the morning.

It’s hard being a parent, and the greatest regret I have from an empty nest perspective, I think, is not telling them enough how much I truly did love them.

We have a great example to follow–our heavenly Father who loved us so much that he gave his one and only Son for our sakes.

I want to be the kind of parent and person like that–who doesn’t worry about what the cost is–but whose love is stretched as wide as Jesus’ arms.

Janet McHenry is an award-winning, international speaker and the author of 24 books, including the bestselling PrayerWalk. She LOVES sharing her heart with groups of all sizes. You can contact her at https://www.janetmchenry.com. 

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