by Jay O'Toole
Life can be challenging. Families are forever. Families help each other live.
Matthew Paul Marks grew up in The Making of a Preacher. Now, it's time for Matt to help a new generation grow up in The Making of a Preacher's Family.|
Being a good parent is not a matter of inputting data into a computer, getting the desired result. Being a good parent is loving the other parent well while getting the child or children through the challenges of life all the way to the Lord Everlasting Kingdom, that we may all be part of His eternal Family.
Guiding a family has a stronger comparison with guiding a boat down a river. The stronger the power source the easier it is to circumvent obstacles, but even with a gas-powered motor, there are still submarine obstacles, that we can't see, unless we have a high-tech sonar system.
Rowboats can make it down the river. The trip takes longer and requires more physical effort, but it can be done.
Sailboats can make it down the river. The trip is faster and it requires less physical effort than rowboats, but in both cases, the currents greatly affect the outcomes.
Motorboats can make it down the river, and can most effectively go upriver, too. The trip is the fastest possible of the three, requiring the least physical effort. However, in every case we guide our ship-of-state to the best of our knowledge, praying that the Lord will protect us in every situation of life, the ones we have prepared for, and the ones we haven't prepared for.
Children can frustrate us because they don't always do life the way we do life and because they don't always do life the way we want them to do life, but at no time to good parents ever give up on children, who go their own way. Family is forever. As we used to say while playing high school sports, "Keep the ball in play.". Modified for parenting, it becomes, "Keep the child on your team."
Wisdom helps us in so many regards. Disobedient children do not reflect badly on their parents as much as rejected children do. The adult child may say, "I don't want anything more to do with you," and leave for a time, but the good parent will never respond in kind. The good parent will always keep the door open for reconciliation.
Matthew Marks travels the long road of ministry and parenting with its many ups and downs, and its many twists and turns. Ultimately, the Marks family will know Eternity together in the Presence of the Lord of Glory.
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