July was Family Reunion month, and coincidentally July 24th was Parents’ Day. I know that many of us feel that these special months and days were created by greeting card companies and there may be some truth to that. However, when you consider the importance of family and parents, a mere greeting card would not do them justice.
In my opinion, one of the greatest opportunities for most of us to make a difference in the lives of others falls on our parenting responsibilities. Unfortunately there is no instruction manual, and the results of our efforts are usually not immediate. In addition, many parents have abdicated the raising of their children to others (schools, churches, coaches, etc.), and our family values can suffer when we don’t exercise our parental responsibilities. My wife, Kathy and I have experienced the highs and lows of parenting, and looking back we would not trade those experiences for anything.
We were fortunate to have our family together to welcome our son home from an eight month deployment, and that was certainly one of the many rewards of being parents. Never underestimate the power of loving those that are close to you; which can be as simple as a hug, an encouraging word, and sometimes a nudge in the right direction. Parents are often unsung heroes, and they are the stewards of family values, and a critical link to connecting generations.