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Tuesday night, a mother of six in our small group Bible study said something that has stuck in my head ever since. It’s a seemingly obvious concept, an idea that has come to mind but perhaps not far enough up into conscious thought to enable me to voice it. Now that it’s been voiced, her words have been helpful in my current need for encouragement. “My children are all showing normal development,” she said. “And I won’t take that for granted.” To how many situations in my life can I apply this perspective? Many, it turns out.
My own two daughters are showing maturity and taking responsibility. They are pursuing educational goals as they grow their skills, but they also work hard in jobs not connected to their passions. They have thoughtfully held convictions. They care for other people. And I won’t take any of this for granted.