“Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” – Elizabeth Stone
And isn’t it true? There you see it before you. Your heart. Your life. Your emotions. All poured into this tiny creature that would not exist if it weren’t for you. And they run recklessly and try to climb tall things and have hospital visits. And it’s terrifying and exhilarating and overwhelming as you sit and watch your heart – your babies – grow and learn and experience the world for the first time. It is truly momentous. And not to be taken lightly. We must regard the responsibility of parenthood with the utmost seriousness – even if we spend most of it playing dress-up and making up silly words. Because being a good parent is everything – to them.
I just had a conversation with a friend about some children who weren’t being treated well by their parents and it caused me to pause. It is moments like this that I can feel a bit hopeless about the world we live in — about broken families and neglected babies.
But then I look at his face.
In a picture pinned on the wall next to my desk: my two-year old with half-moon, smiling eyes and chubby cheeks and I see… hope. And I look at his little sister: the epitome of beauty and love. And I realize why we take the leap – why we allow our hearts to jump from our bodies and roam the earth and all of its what-if’s.
Because they are our ministry.
Because they will be lights in the world.
And by loving them as well as I can, God will use them to plant more seeds of love out there.
Hello, heart. Run free.