This morning as I strolled along with my dog, I looked up to see a bird and a hawk chasing each other. The bird seemed angry as it screeched at the hawk. I don’t know much about wildlife, but it seemed to me that the hawk had done something pretty bad to that bird and the bird was angry. I know angry bird, right? It made me think that animals are constantly on guard. Can you imagine what life would be like if you were constantly watching out for predators? Well guess what? If you are a mom or dad, you probably know exactly what it is like to be on guard 24-7. As parents we are continually walking back and forth around our homes ensuring that our young are safe from the outside world. We are always securing time to fuel our kids with the necessities, yet keeping watch on our babies in our own home at the same time. Our job entails watching, manning, and securing a place for our young so that they can survive.
While I am not dressing in my soldiers outfit and carrying a gun, I know I feel “on guard” with my kids. I feel like if I don’t protect them from the outside influences then they will never survive the predators of the outside world. Predators are not always big and obnoxious like hawks. No they can be things like televisions, computers and phones. They can be friends, family or strangers. You never know what those predators are going to do or say to coerce your child into sin. Sometimes I feel as though I have a heavy burden on my shoulders trying to protect my kids and equip them with all the right tools to survive. Parenthood is a tough job!
Did God really mean for me to be the sole protector for my kiddos? Did He mean for me to take on the burden of securing their future at the same time causing anxiety in myself because I don’t have complete control of the outside influences in life? I have been pretty protective of the “stuff” that my kids can have in life. I have kept cell phones out of my kids’ hands and plan to continue that until they start to drive. I have been watchful of the movies and tv shows they view. I limit their computer time. I still do my best to give my kids ample options so that they can learn to make good choices. But those choices should be a kid-level choice. As a parent I need to make decisions that my child is just not able to make yet. I feel pretty strongly that adults should be making adult choices and kids should make kids choices. I think each child is different, so this may look differently for every family. God will help us take care of His children. He will give us the strength and the wisdom to see what we need to do to teach our (His) kids valuable lessons so that they can tackle the world while living a Christian lifestyle.
So why do I feel like I am screeching at my predators like the bird with the hawk? I guess because I am. I am balking at a predator crossing the line of my home without my permission. I am screeching at sin coming into my home and warning it to leave. I am chasing down people and things that get in the way of God in my household. Yes, as a mother I am in full protection mode. I need to be in order to help attack sin from all sides. I am a warrior of sorts. I am ready to battle for my kids’ protection, just like the bird chasing the hawk. So I guess I do get why that screeching bird was frantically chasing away its predator. I know to some of my friends I look like an overprotective mother. Maybe even a little crazy since I am chasing down the hawks in my life. I get that. In the end, it is all worth the chase. As I chase away sin on a daily basis in my life and my kids life, I know that we are here to serve the Lord. Evil beware!
Joshua 24:15 As For me and my household, we serve the Lord.
Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”