I think a lot of parents here would echo that. I think some of us would say, “You know, I’m getting the parental job done pretty well. But the spouse thing is not going that great.” Today I’m launching a brand new series of talks called the Parent Map. We’re talking about traveling to an ultimate destination. I’m excited about this destination, because I truly believe this series can change the course of our culture. I don’t make that statement lightly.
Why do I say the culture? Because, so goes the family, so goes the community; so goes the community, so goes the culture. But I’m going to warn you: it might get bumpy now and then. We might take some detours and hit some dangerous curves, but stay with it, because I’m excited about the results. I know I need it as a parent, and I think you need it too.
Have you ever asked these questions of yourself? Sometimes I just question myself. Do you ever say things like this: “Should we even have children?” or “When should we bring children into the world?” Pretty good questions. Maybe you’re dealing as a husband and wife with infertility. Infertility is rampant among this demographic. You don’t tell anyone about it, but every time you see someone who’s pregnant, every time you see a child, you’re reminded of what’s not happening with you. What do you do? How about the adoption option, and other choices out there? Have you ever asked this one? I have. “When and how do I teach my children about sex?” The birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees. Good question. Or maybe you’re asking yourself this: “I have a special-needs child. Is there something in the Bible that will help me, because, Ed, to be honest with you, this why question is really messing me up.” Maybe you’re a single parent, and you’re saying to yourself, “I feel like I’m sinking. I feel like I’m just so immersed in the life of my kids that I can’t get my head above water. How do I do that?” You’re an adult, and you’re trying to deal with your parents. And you’re stressing out over those issues. Is there help? Any guidance out there?