“Why Would You Put A Bucket On Your Head”: Some Thoughts on Parents & Children

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Right now you’re probably thinking “this girl is weird. Why would she title her post that? And why did I even click to read it?” Wait, before you leave, let me explain. As I sat down to write this post, my daughter walked into me with an orange bucket upside down on her head. Leaving me to ask the aforementioned question. Obviously, I got no good answer. Actually, I didn’t get an answer at all. She just giggled and ran away.

As parents, we all find ourselves saying and doing things we never thought we would do. I find myself often asking strange questions that both get no rational answer and don’t make much logical sense. In other words, they are just plain dumb.

Parenthood is funny like that. Before you had kids, did you ever make a statement like this “I will never let my kids act that way in public” or “My children will never need to be disciplined that way” (ha!)? If you don’t have kids of your own, feel free to live vicariously through my experiences or those of parents you know.

Haha, just kidding. While the meme is funny and is accurate some days, most days with my kids are completely wonderful. Becoming a mom has helped me to understand that fact that there are things we just don’t fully understand or grasp until we become parents. You start to see things through your own parents’ eyes a little, but more importantly, you can begin to see yourself and your own children through God’s eyes.

If you are a Christian, you are God’s child. When you made the decision to die to sin and live your life for Him, you became His adopted child.

“but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” – Romans 8:15

While we can find ourselves wondering why our children choose to do certain things or make certain decisions, don’t we think God often wonders the same things about us? If we are Christians, we know the truth of His word, we know what God wants of us, yet we still make bad decisions sometimes. (Rom. 3:23)

We are God’s children. We love Him and try to do what He says, but the Bible tells us we will fall short. It hurts God when we sin, but He expects the same from us that we would expect from our own children: to apologize and try again. His love for us is so great that He sent His only Son to die so that we may have the opportunity to be forgiven of sins when we fail.

Let’s make an effort to follow God in the way He desires. Let’s not leave Him having to ask illogical questions about our actions the way we do our children. Let’s be obedient and loving children, who have been adopted into God’s family. When you think about your kids and the love you have for them, just think, God loves them more. And He loves you more.

 

Katie Allen
About Katie Allen 55 Articles
I'm a follower of Christ, wife and mom to three great kids. I have an amazing husband who agreed to let me stay at home and raise our wonderful blessings, while he spends his days educating kids on the world of science. I love the written word: reading, writing and the like. I have a B.A. in Communication, specifically Advertising and Public Relations. Living in rural Oklahoma, I love the outdoors, cooking, crafting, spending time with my family and traveling. I enjoy a good cheesecake, a good book and getting a good bargain. I strive to model my life after the example of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, but as a mother, the example of the woman from Proverbs 31 is also something I strive for.

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