Being proud of your kids is one thing. Idolizing them is quite another.
Not sure about the difference?
Many parents tell me that their kids are the most important thing in their lives. From that can one assume that God and their spouse are vying for second place? My experience has been that parents who smother love their kids, especially teens, are very often struggling with their own deeper issues of need and co-dependence.
Should our kids really be the most important things in our lives? Anything we put before God is an idol and God cannot bless it. When God is number one in our lives our ability to love our spouse and our kids becomes enhanced infinitely. When kids see their parents put one another ahead of them there is a security that rests within them that makes being third infinitely better than being a finite first.
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