Updated: Apr 5
In my opinion there is no greater feeling than the moment you find out you are going to be a parent, especially if it is something you have been hoping for. From the moment you receive the news, your mind begins to wander and you are constantly bombarded with thoughts about your future child.
You wonder which parent they will look like. Whose genes will be more dominant? You think about what traits and characteristics they will develop. Thoughts of your child’s first words and first steps creep into your mind. You daydream of their first day of school and graduation and college. All those things rush to your mind in a matter of minutes. It is definitely an amazing feeling.
But then, reality hits you and you think to yourself, “I’m about to be responsible for a whole person; a tiny human; a mini version of me!” You begin to think about what kind of parent you will be and how you will raise this child. You begin to think about what core values and beliefs you want to instill in them.
You think about what traditions you want to pass down. You reflect on your childhood and how you were raised. Will you raise your child in the same manner you were raised or will you do things differently? And you think about how your choices now will impact your child later.
Definitely, not for the faint at heart. You realize that it will be no easy task. Among the many choices my spouse and I had to make as parents, we chose to raise our children on the same Christian beliefs and values that we were raised on. The difference is that we are able to teach from our experiences as well. We chose to teach relationship over religion.
Yes, they have the foundation of who God is, who Jesus is, and who the Holy Spirit is. They are learning the power of prayer. We are teaching them how to love with the love of Christ; how to see everyone, regardless of difference, as a being created in the image of God. My children are young so there are many things that they have not encountered yet so there is still teaching to be done.
I imagine those days will not be easy as they will be bombarded with many images and beliefs and thoughts and opinions that may contradict what they have been taught at home. I know they will form their own thoughts and opinions, but I trust the foundation that has been set!