“Life is short, we can live better.”– Billy Graham
One of the greatest lessons of love I learned from a close friend and pastor from a well-known university is: “Next to God, the parents.”
I am a believer of what Pope John Paul II said – “In God’s plan there is no such thing as chance.” God is absolutely omniscient. Definitely, He knows everything even before we were born. Some philosophers even dared say: “How many zygotes (fertilized eggs) have been flashed down the toilet bowls because God knows that if He’ll let them live and grow, these persons to be will become “evil genius” and certainly be damned to hell. We are more privileged to be born, to know, to love, and to serve God through our parents.
Parental experts claim that to be a good and consistent parent is a difficult task. There is no such thing as perfect parent. There are vital factors that guide a parent towards good and consistent parenting. These essential elements include: love, discipline, fairness, honesty, avoidance of negative criticism, right praising, reward and punishment, etc. However, it is difficult to maintain consistency in all these measures. But a very important and lasting factor that every Christian parent could bequeath to his children is the true development of their spirituality: God-fearing and God-centered life. Mature parents should be conscious that all mortals will die sooner or later and their souls will be finally judged fairly. One certain question God will ask: “Did you love your parents as I love you? Or hate and condemn them for their past mistakes?”
The parable of “The Prodigal Son” is truly a convincing Lesson of Love of a father towards a wayward son. In the same manner, we should love our parents and never condemn them of whatever “crime or mistakes” they have committed. Develop a true forgiving heart – a Mark of an Authentic Christian!