[Jesus said] “…a farmer went out to sow. As he sowed, some seeds… fell on rocky ground, where they didn’t have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of earth. When the sun had risen, they were scorched. Because they had no root, they withered away.”
Matthew 13:3,5,6 (WEB)
As a parent, the most important thing I can give my child is roots. This is my God-given role. These roots consist of several things:
- a loving, stable home
- treating each child as an individual with unique, God-given talents**
- encouragement and opportunity to make the most of their talents**
- an experience of what it means to love both within and without our family
- an experience of what it means to forgive and be forgiven
- compassion for those who suffer, whether close at hand or far away
- knowledge of the Word of God – a peg board on which to hang the ‘keys’ of all the above, providing each key with context, so that as the child grows they have ready-made tools, learned gently and softly through the years.
**As you’ll know if you’ve been reading for any length of time, we have a young man with special needs in our family. He may not ever live independently. He may never get a job. Even if he doesn’t, he is a Hand-crafted human being and has his own gifts and qualities that are worth celebrating. Jesus made sure He always esteemed the vulnerable. We should too.
Can you add any more to the list of ‘roots’? I’d love to hear your thoughts.