Watching life through the eyes of a fourteen-year-old girl is fascinating. I wonder if I was as confident about life, as positive and assured about my friends, and as self-centered as my daughter appears to be. I do recognize the familiar doubts, fears, and uncertainties that are moving about just beneath the surface. I would like to believe that I am the best parent around. I know that this is fantasy, however, the center of the puzzle is the question of just how much of what I am trying to pass on is she is getting and absorbing. I am trying to share with her my life lessons. I hope to pass on something that helps her see God more clearly, understand just what is a stake, and take advantage of the opportunities here today. Butwhat is actually getting through?
I find because I am sure my mother and father, as well as others that watched me grow up, had the same questions on their minds. I was arrogant, stubborn, and a loose canon. I did not appear to every listen, much less learn the lessons of the day. Solomon's advice that I should “Pay close attention, friend, to what your father tells you; never forget what you learned at your mother's knee. Wear their counsel like flowers in your hair, like rings on your fingers” (Proverbs 1.8,9) appeared to pass me by without even a glance on my part.
Yet, today I can see how God used my parent's efforts to communicate with me. I learned about love and forgiveness. I experienced just what the word commitment means in the harsh reality of life. I felt the value that comes from having someone listen when the words do not make sense. I was able to walk with God in a small tangible way.
I doubt my parents knew anymore than I do about what they were doing. I do thank God that He was communicating through them. Your parents love you too. Remember, God's lessons are always there if you are willing to see them.