Parenting - It's like a marathon. It sounds like a good idea at first, turns into something harder than you ever thought possible, and at some point you find yourself asking, "What have I gotten myself into?" It's hard, time consuming, and limit pushing, but when you finish the race and look back on the journey - all the days of training, all the discipline, all the setbacks, and all the pain - you simply smile because you know it was worth it.
Well, I've never run a marathon myself. I did a 5k once. It was awful. Neither do I have grown kids. I have a two-year-old boy and a nine-month-old boy, and boy-oh-boy are they boys! As a young father I find myself a little overwhelmed at times.
Think about it. You're going along your merry way when all of a sudden some doctor puts a baby in your arms! You look down at the baby, the baby looks up at you and says nothing. Do you know why he says nothing? It's because he knows nothing! You are literally holding a blank slate of a human being in your hands! That baby knows nothing about the world he just entered and guess what, Dad, you're responsible!
When Karson was born I cried. Sonia and my mother-in-law thought I was crying for joy. Nope, those were tears of sheer terror! I thought, "Man, I've got to put food on the table, clothes on his back, I need to educate and play with him, and make sure he's raised up right! How am I going to do it?" I agreed to name him Karson because it didn't seem appropriate to name him "AAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!!!"
Ok, so maybe that wasn't all the truth. I did cry, and I believe it was one ofthe most special moments of my life when I held Karson for the first time. Instantly my heart grew and I loved him the moment I saw him. However, there was still an underlying pressure of responsibility weighing on me that all parents have felt on a regular basis.
If you are like me and you sometimes feel parenting is like David facing Goliath, I want to encourage you with the following truths:
1. God is with you.
Psalm 46:1 says, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."
2. Jesus is with you.
Matthew 28:20b says, "...and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen."
3. Holy Spirit is with you.
John 14:16 says, "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever"
Parents, be bold. When everyone looked at David compared to Goliath they said, "David is toast." But when David compared Goliath to God he said, "Goliath is toast." If you're fighting this battle by yourself parents, you'll fail. But if you remember you have the power of God and trust in the presence of the Trinity in your life, trust me, you can be victorious.
"Our God is victorious. He always wins. He always wins." - King
- Keith Birdsong