It’s not uncommon to hear parents talk about how their kids are the most important thing in their lives. The question is, should your kids be number one?
Parents who view their kids as the most important thing in their lives may need to rearrange their priorities. For instance, where does God or your spouse stand in relation to your kids?
Reasons Kids Should Not Be the Most Important Thing in Your Life
Many parents tell me that their kids are the most important thing in their lives. Am I to then assume that God and their spouse are vying for second? My experience has been that parents who smother-love their kids, especially their teens, are very often struggling with their own deeper issues of need and co-dependence. Should our kids really be the most important thing 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’s a security that rests within them that makes being third infinitely better than being the finite first.
Photo by: Donnie Ray Jones, via Flickr