So the Lord was with Joshua, and his fame was in all the land.
My dad once asked me what he could have done differently as a parent.
My answer: nothing.
I don’t think that question is something that can be given any answer because in the heat of the present moment, you do your best. As long as you love your child.
And my father loved me.
And my mother, too.
They still do.
But, still, I ask that question with my own child.
My own child who has ADHD. Who we kept back a year in hopes that she would “grow out of it.” Who is a whirling dervish of movement and thought and uncontrollable deviance.
In her younger years, the bad thing was always her thing. If it was a “no” it was on her radar.
But every day, a prayer. And every day, an answer from God. And one of those answers was to take her to a doctor who has helped us with medication that refocuses her, allows her to start and continue relationships with children instead of whirling away into frenetic thought.
It keeps her in the now, which we all know is a very good place to be.
But I think often: “What could I have done differently?”
Many things maybe. But ultimately, all roads lead to this very moment. This particular now.
And I know the only thing that matters, the only thing that can get me to the next step is to accept God’s love.
And to give it.
We don’t know the future. But we do know what You’ve whispered into our hearts. Please let us stay attuned to the Holy Spirit and make decisions for our families, our children that align with Your will for us. Please bless our children, and guide us in leading them through their own life journeys, never failing to share your love and wisdom with them along the way.
TODAY’S READING: Joshua 6