I subscribe to a daily parenting site that e-mails me, you guessed it, daily. I would say half the time I skim them but not today. Todays “thought” I had already been “thinking” about. Here’s todays daily, The Big Lie. This article speaks to me not only on a parenting level but on other relationships as well. I have experienced those that would like to control me, my family or for me to control my children or my spouse. I’ve always had a problem with this. I don’t believe I or anyone of us should have to meet certain conditions to be accepted or befriended.
I myself can practice self-control and demonstrate that to those around me but do so because of my own desire to contribute to my community. Now the question is how do children get to that point without being controlled? The only thing that I can compare this to is my own experience with God, who I view as the ultimate parental figure. He in no way forced me to believe in Him or follow but I do so out of faith and love. If God can trust the process of un-conditionality than so can I because of His example. Therefore, I will do my best to reflect this in my relationships with my family and friends. I refuse to give in to the lies of conditions.