“Mama, why did God make us?”
“Well, buddy, I think a lot of people have asked that question and I think a lot of people have come up with all different answers. I don’t know the answer for sure…..but, Mama thinks God made us because He loves us and He thought it was such a good idea.”
“Mama, what do you think we should give God since He made us?”
“Wow, buddy, that’s a really good question! I think….well, I guess since God made each one of us and put a little piece of Himself in each one of us, the best thing we could give to Him is to love each other and to love ourselves. When we love anything that God made – big or small, beautiful or ugly, strong or weak – it’s like we are loving Him, and I think that would be the greatest gift to give to Him.”
“How could we go wrong if our answer is Love,” I thought?
“Well, I was thinking we should just get Him a bench, so He has somewhere to sit.”
I learned that night that parenting is not about having all the answers or knowing all the right words to say. Parenting is about being present. It’s about offering our engaged, honest selves to our children, and allowing them to be a part of our journeys, questions and all.