What more was there to do for my vineyard that I have not done in it? When I expected it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes?
Two parents, three children.
Same rules. Same structure. Same expectations.
Lots of family time at home and on vacation.
Lots of one-on-one when the needs arise.
Parents united and devoted to teaching, nurturing, and loving each child for the unique human being he or she is. Doing everything imaginable to ensure their children mature into responsible adults. giving them every opportunity to realize success.
Child #1 enters college, lasts one semester, then drops out . . . to start a business venture with a partner in the then infancy of computer programming. She is a millionaire today.
Child #2 completes college with a business degree and is gainfully employed from the get-go. A virtual success story.
Child #3 , who has a genius I.Q., refuses to even apply to college. Instead, he works with his hands, bums around from job to job, lives hand-to-mouth. The wild grape.
Parenting doesn't come with a road map. It doesn't show us the detours and the pot-holes. There is no warranty on the GPS.
And, it's the hardest job anyone of us can ever do.
So, how do we navigate this rugged terrain, this uncharted territory? How can we be the best parents possible for our children?
My grandmother's advice is the best I've ever heard: "Teach them right from wrong, and love them to death."
That's all you can do.
And, pray God will tend to the rest . . .
What aspect of parenting or of being parented have you found most difficult?
Will you pray with me?
Your word, Father, teaches us right from wrong. You love us, your wild grapes, so much, that you were willing to send your beloved Son to die for our sins. Graft us securely to Your true vine so we can bear good fruit for Your Kingdom. Amen.
Psalms 148, 149, 150 or 114, 115
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