We get many prayer requests here at Immaculate Heart Radio. Lots. We are happy and privileged to pray for our listeners every day when we go to Rosary at 10:30am. We are blessed to share in our listener’s lives in such a deep and meaningful way. One of the most common prayer requests we get is for a child to return to their faith. During a recent pledge drive, I spoke with a listener who was very distraught about her role as a mother because her daughter had left the church many years ago and not returned. Her daughter was successful in many ways, but the mom couldn’t see success because of this issue.
This brings me to my new favorite blogger, Matt Warner over at Fallible Blogma, who’s written one of those stories that really puts it all together for me. As a father of 4, I often worry about what kinds of people my kids will be when they grow up. I’m constantly looking for the metric, educational or otherwise that means “Yes, I’ve done a good job!” Unfortunately, you don’t always get that feedback until it’s too late. (i.e. your kids are grown and out the door). Matt raises the wonderful point that my wife discovered many years ago, but I’m just discovering now: You don’t learn the most important lessons in life in a classroom. School is great and all, but at the end, there are much more important things you want your kids to have besides good grades or a fancy education.
From Matt’s Blog:
- Are they humble – not that they think less of themselves, but that they think of themselves less.
- Do they know how to be loved – are they humble and secure enough to be vulnerable.
- Are they at peace – which means knowing who they are.
- Are they filled with joy – because they live with a hope that transcends this
- … Read the rest on Fallible Blogma
The sad truth is, we can, and do, raise kids that are in many ways considered successful, yet miserable at life’s most enduring and meaningful things. Yet we all stumble on some level. For that reason, we’ll continue to pray for each other, help each other and reach out to each other in ways that make our kids lives (hopefully) more successful in ways that matter.
How do you do this? Is this even an obtainable goal?
Share your thoughts…