Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Most parents are innate worriers, and it's a concern that begins from the moment our children are born. In the hospital, anxiety grips us as we ponder whether our newborns are healthy and thriving, passing all the requisite tests and displaying the necessary reflexes. As they progress into the toddler stage, our concerns shift to their development of vital life skills and habits. We wonder if they will enter school potty trained, or if they'll ever willingly part with their beloved pacifiers. Once they embark on their educational journeys, new worries emerge—scholastic achievements, friendships, and the demands of extracurricular activities that may leave us feeling overwhelmed.
When reflecting on Bible verses pertaining to parental responsibilities, this verse from Matthew 6 may not be the first that comes to mind, but it offers profound wisdom for parents. It’s a gentle reminder to savor the present moments with our children.
It's essential to consider their future, but it's equally important not to become consumed by worry over what might be, neglecting what already is. Our children need us in the here and now, within their world. Instead of incessantly fretting about the future, we should take a step back and recognize those crucial instances to create lasting memories. In these moments, we can ask ourselves what valuable lessons we can impart to our children today, right now, about the teachings of God. These lessons will not only convey our love and support but also nurture their spiritual growth and understanding. Ultimately, it's a reminder to strike a balance between preparing for the future and cherishing the beauty of the present with our children.
How can you make moments with your kids that will last a lifetime, today? You can spiritually impact the life of your child today.
God, help me to make these moments count. I understand that the days are short, even though they don't seem that way at times. Allow me to see the big picture; give me opportunities to speak about you to my children. In Jesus' name. Amen.