I’ve been thinking lately about what it means to support. Like for instance, when a father has a job to support their children, what exactly does that mean and what does that look like? I think all parents have a different idea of what this looks like and in many ways it will determine how their child sets their values. If by support it means getting them anything they want when they want it, it creates a value for that child that things and stuff that he wants to fulfill temporary needs with is worth valuing. The examples are endless.
The reason I have been thinking this way is because you hear a lot of people that talk about when they were young and the dreams that they have and then in some ways (but of course always joyful) those plans are cancelled or postponed because of kids. Life changes when you have kids they’ll say. You want to provide for them the best life and make sure they are comfortable and most importantly safe. It today’s day and world all those things, especially safety costs money.
Or what about in marriage? How much have we created a culture where support is an interchangeable word with money? This is a disease.
I think of God and his loving support over us, and for some reason I think it’s a lot different than the way we support the people around us. Obviously humans interacting with humans make this inevitable. Sometimes I think thought that we need to look to God for a good example of what support really means and really looks like. I’m not just talking about with kids; I’m talking about in all kinds of circumstances. Sometimes what we think is important or needed only makes things worse.