There are a few other reasons I put before this one, but it still intrigues me to think about this: Its a good way to evangelize to people. I mean think about it. You (either by adoption or the old-fashioned way) have someone in your home that you can live life with and share the good news of Christ with in a daily way and in a developmental way as they grow up. That's a pretty sweet thing. I can't think of a better method of sharing Christ with people.
i think i've always wanted to have children. some reasons, in no particular order:1. i really like children. i enjoy being around them. i want one to cuddle and play with.2. i think it'll be fun. childhood wasn't the fairytale people make it out to be, but my family had fun. my parents had a lot of fun being parents together. i think we will too.3. my biological clock tells me that i must. have. child. i'm currently ignoring it, but some day it's going to suck me in.4. with God's grace, it seems to sanctify the hell out of a person. ;]5. anyone can procreate, and there end up being a lot of broken, bad families in the world. growing as a family in the Lord can, i think, make a big difference, in a different (not saying better) way than a single or a couple can.6. i can't shake the feeling that the privilege of sex equals the (potential) responsibility of children. pretending that children are an optional byproduct rather than its intended consequence seems silly. so while i'm not going to go yell at all married couples to procreate, i personally wouldn't feel right about purposely planning to never have kids.i didn't say anything about how crazy it is to raise kids in this world or how i'm sometimes tempted to not have any, because that wasn't the question. :]
I've been thinking about this for a few days now. I'm still not sure I could put a finger on it, but I think my desire to have children has to do with the desire to pour myself into someone else. To be able to invest and train a little person who isn't a blank slate, but has so much potential for growth and change. To experience and see the power of love and how it affects their life through trust, forgiveness, reconciliation. To know a person from before their birth (if it's a bio child) and journey with them as they discover who God has created them to be. To watch them as they discover the world in their own unique way. To grow as I learn from them and the experience of loving them as unconditionally as a broken human being can.
I agree with ALL the things already said, I just want to add one more:Being a parent helps us understand God the Father and His love for us. The protectiveness, the caregiving, the creation (God creates our babies, but we also have a hand in it kinda), the unconditional love, the disappointment, all the emotions in the spectrum....If we have earthly parents we are already in parent-child relationships and understand one half of it all. Becoming a parent helps us to understand the other half. How God views us.That is all...<3 JessieP.s. And they're shoes are so tiny!
"their"...not "they're"....I pretty much hate myself for using the wrong "their".Poop.<3 Jessie
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