Faith, Family & Kids

I’m okay with that…

I think I may become a hated criticized parent.

I’m pretty sure of it.

Not necessarily by my children, but by their friends, the parents of their friends, and who knows…maybe even family.

Okay, and maybe by my children at times.

I’ve given this a lot of thought.

We have been having this discussion since Madysen was born. We have already made decisions along the way for our family that don’t tend to be the popular decisions. We are currently making decisions for our family that will likely not be met with approval by some. The future will be full of more decisions that will follow this same trend. I’m okay with that.

Does it mean that we will be the “perfect” family? Nope.

Does it mean that my children will be angelic? Not likely.

Does it mean that every decision we make is the right one? Not a chance.

We’re okay with saying “no” to our children. We’re okay with going against the grain.

We’re okay with not being “cool” parents, by the popular standards.

Our goal is not to create opposition for the pure fun of it, because, honestly, being met with criticism is not entirely fun. Nor do we desire to stir up conflict, because that goes against our call as Christians; to live peaceful lives and to avoid conflict when possible (Romans 12:9-21). The sad truth of it, though, is that if we are striving to follow God’s Word, in our every day lives, we will be met with criticism. It looks funny to not behave like the world. It’s different. It’s strange.

Call me strange, then. I’m okay with that.

It’s strange to not let your 4 year old watch certain popular cartoon shows.

It’s strange to not let your 13 year old date for “fun”.

It’s strange to not buy into the latest “teeny-bopper” music sensation.

It’s strange to encourage modesty and abstinence.

It’s strange to apply scripture to your life, even outside of Sunday mornings at church.

It’s strange to raise our children to be different from the “norm”.

It’s strange to not accept what society says as “good”, “okay”, or “right”.

Jesus said it:

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” {John 15:18-20}

Yep, I’m okay with that. 🙂



2 thoughts on “I’m okay with that…”

  1. Count me in!
    I’ve said something similar before. And yeah, we *should* look weird SOME times… if we don’t look weird ever, we’re looking just like everybody else and we should question “why?” – Don’t you think? =)
    I’m very certain I’ve already been called weird a number of times. =)

    1. Haha! Yes, I believe that I’ve been called weird a time or two also. I got over it. It’ll probably happen again – glad I’m not alone, lol. 😉

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