Parenting vs. Having Kids

Having kids doesn’t make you a parent. Based on the technical definition of the word, I suppose it does. But true parenting involves more than just having, raising, and providing for kids.

Parenting means being involved in your child’s life. It means learning what makes them tick. It’s about guiding and nurturing their hearts. It’s about helping them understand the way life works and the letting them experience the consequences of the choices they make. It means you must fight your tendency to be selfish. It forces you to trust God for the thousands of scenarios you can’t control. Parenting is never easy. But few things bring as much joy or satisfaction as being faithful with the children God has entrusted to your care.