**Five Minute Friday is an initiative set up by Lisa-Jo Baker over at Surprised by Motherhood. It has now been taken over by Kate over at Heading Home. The basic premise is to take the word Kate gives and write, non-stop for 5 minutes. Then you stop and post. Read more about it here.
I can’t believe my daughter is already 6 months old. People told me when she was born that it would go quickly, that she would be grown up and leaving home in the blink of an eye, and I would nod my head and smile and think to myself: “They must be exaggerating, it can’t be that quick”.
But if the last sixth months are anything to go by, I’m bracing myself for a rollercoaster ride that will be over before I know it!
As my fellow mums of sixth-month-olds and I have been chatting about how quickly it’s going, I have been prompted to think about what G will be like when she grows up, and how to start encouraging her even at this very early stage to be the person she was created to be.
And I can’t help but think that we as parents are called to a specific purpose: to send our children out just as we were sent by God.
Our children, our precious little babies who grow up before we know it, have vocations, dreams, callings of their own. They have purposes that nobody else, including us, can fulfil in their place.
And sometimes, that will require them to walk through pain, suffering, illness, grief, depression, difficulties, and so much more that we want to protect them from.
But it is through all of this that they will become who they are supposed to be. Just as we do.
And in the end, though we will always be their parents, we must accept that there will come a time where things are different. Where they have families, marriages, callings of their own that come first in their lives.
It is tough, but it is what we are called to do.
To teach them, witness to them, watch over them, and then send them out, trusting them to The One who loves and cares for them even more than we do.
After all, they were His first.