Jesus asked Peter, Do you love me? three times. Jesus replied, Feed my sheep. All of them. The unforgivable sin is to not recognize the work of the Holy Spirit in Jesus’ performing God’s work. When I notice a person living in a certain way and judge that lifestyle as contrary to God – whereby ignoring the goodness and Jesus-inspired activity in which the individual is engaged, blind to the fruit of God’s love and peace and provision extended through them . . . Who am I that I could hinder God?!
Our kids teach us about parenthood, each unique. Living like a mother-father is really living like a leader – the leader that Jesus teaches us, and that seems only to require that we are known by our voice and know those in our care. This is love. This is leadership. This is parenting.
The human experience of awe and wonder is a basic initiating factor eliciting the reflection that cultivates openness to other perspectives. This openness is crucial to change. Change is crucial to growth. Without growth, there is only stagnancy, and then entropy – the slow, sure process of falling apart.