Jesus tells us in the story of the good Samaritan that our neighbor is anyone in need, no matter the circumstances and that we are to show love. The good news for parents is that you have a huge advantage in getting to know and love your neighbors – your children!
As opposed to viewing children as a barrier, let’s view them as a blessing. Yes, it’s chaotic. Yes, it can drive us crazy. But, despite that, let’s model graciousness in our families and groups towards our children. After all, what must God think of our messy lives? The Father looks down and extends grace, rather than becoming irritated with us.
Increasing our Gospel Footprint is sometimes neglected in our closest contexts, namely, our own families. We can forget that we not only have the responsibility to our loved ones, but also that a family can have a purpose and a mission to bring light to the community and to future generations. Our definition of family matters immensely because it shapes the way that we minister to and with our spouse and children.