Sometimes all we can hope for as parents is that our kids will one day grow up and make wise decisions on their own without our help. We can nudge them in the right direction, tighten the reigns, punish, and even push them all we want, but when it comes right down to it—who they want to be is ultimately up to them.
We often wonder if our parenting has paid off or if we’ve done enough to mold our children into godly young men and women.
Well for one mother, she got to witness the fruits of her labor firsthand, and it is absolutely beautiful. In a Facebook post shared by Love What Matters, A. Jacobs shares the moment she saw her 12-year-old boy start to turn into a fine young gentleman.
Her post reads:
My 12-year-old son and I were pumping gas, when he noticed an elderly gentleman having difficulty pumping his gas. He looked at me, and without saying a word, jumped out and walked over to him. He started a conversation with him and I watched as he handed the pump to my son without hesitation. My son even went into the gas station to retrieve the man’s change that he had left over. The man started to hand my son money as a reward and he refused it and just gave the man a hug. My son did all this on his own without any prodding from me. I drove away in tears and so proud of my son that day.
Though parenting can be an uphill battle, this story is proof that it is also the ultimate blessing.
As the Bible states in Proverbs 22:6: “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.”
There is no greater reward as a parent than to watch your child take off those mommy training wheels and see the lessons that you’ve invested in them come to life before your very eyes.
That’s the surreal moment where you can sit back and say, “Ahhh, I finally did it.”
And after all of the screaming fits, the fights over messy rooms, the sibling quarrels, the homework battles, and the countless “because-I-said-so!” moments where you think you just might pull out EVERY last hair on your head—that’s the good stuff right there.