Our home is bursting with life. Why some think this home of life is a detriment is beyond us.
When it comes to children, there are some foolish claims made that don’t measure up with reality. Here are some:
- Children exhaust the environment.
- Children crowd the planet.
- Children complicate marriage.
- Children are a hassle.
- Children restrict our opportunities.
In summary: Children are not a blessing.
The truth: Children are a blessing from heaven.
That’s the truth right before us. We disguise children as something else. As money magnets and as environment killers, crowding an already crowded planet. Two’s company and three’s a crowd, right? Besides, what would my parents/neighbors/siblings/co-workers think about us being pregnant again? Another child will bring back diapers, sleepless nights, having to figure out day care. They scream and mess up the house and rearrange my nice, neat, controlled life. On and on the litany goes.
These views are selfish, and that’s a sad way to view children. Sure, there are times of exhaustion and anxiety, but that’s more than acceptable when considering the heritage that comes with the work. Children—your children—are a huge advantage to you personally and to those around them. They’re blessings, plain and simple.
Note: This blog post was published in October 2010 and April 2011.