Audrey Rae, Braxton, and Charlotte-
Kids, this world can be an unsafe place. From worldwide fears to domestic dangers, I, as a parent, have to recognize that you may not always be able to protect yourself. It’s a difficult thought to accept, but a reality all the same.
This makes me want to protect you as much as I can (well, as much as is healthy for you, as I once told Braxton). When you’re in danger, I try to protect you from it, typical parenting stuff. The trouble comes when you don’t know that you’re in danger. There are times, and there will continue to be times, when you think something is good for you, that you may enjoy it, but it’s actually harmful to you. It may even seem good at the time, but in the long run, it ends up hurting you.
As an adult, I have far more experience than you. It doesn’t mean that I’m better than you or that you’re not mature, it just means that I have walked the path that you’re on and seen the outcome. It allows me knowledge that you simply don’t have yet. I’ll try and convince you otherwise, and I hope that you’ll trust me, but let’s be honest…
You won’t always listen to my advice.
It’s a difficult truth but one I accepted long ago. There will come a time when you insist that you know better and that thing you want will be amazing for you, but I have seen the outcome, and it’s not what you would expect. In these times, I may have to step in and face the punishment on your behalf, much like our Savior did for us so long ago.
I am willing to do this for you. I will step in the line of fire, I will take your punishment. It won’t always happen (again, you’ll need to learn from your own mistakes), but there will be times when protecting you is the highest of my priorities. Stepping in to remove temptation, even when it hurts me.
I do this because you’re important to me. I do this because I want to keep you safe. I do this because I love you.
I guess what I’m trying to say, kids, what I’m really trying to say, is this:
Today, I ate the last five cupcakes your mom baked. It was a (delicious) sacrifice, but one I was willing to make so you wouldn’t have to suffer the empty calories.
I did it to protect you, because I love you.
Yeah, we’ll go with that.
1 Corinthians 1:4