This is Why You’re Here

Sometimes you get a glimpse into the lives of single or childrenless people and feel a tinge of jealousy. How much more time they have. What they haven’t had to worry about during the pandemic. Even the acronym D.I.N.K, can make your mouth water a bit: Dual incomes, no kids.

And yet? You know you made the right choice, not just because you love your kids, but because you love what they have brought you in your life. The fun. The joy. The opportunities to learn. The challenges which have forced you to grow. 

Kids also give us the most important thing in the world (and no, it’s not just evolutionary success). Our children have given us purpose—a reason why we’re here. The verse from the Gospel of Mark should land deeply with any parent. “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,” it reads, “and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

We are, as we’ve said, to get things for them. They owe us nothing, we owe them everything. We are here to give them what we didn’t get. We are here to have multi-generational impact for and through them. We are here to give them a good life…and in so doing, make our own lives worth living. 

So there is no need to feel jealous. If there is anyone to envy…it’s you.

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