I was recently watching a beautiful music video with a female lead vocalist, and I was struck by her simple, perfect beauty. This simple, common, yet luscious beauty was combined with her natural musical talent. And yet, just as I was admiring her for all that she is, another thought entered into my mind; You’re beautiful, where are your children?
At first, this might seem a strange thing to think–especially against the politically correct script that we are forced to read from. Why is she pursuing this instead of passing on her beauty and talent? And it entered into my mind that it was a common issue, for men and women. It’s the problem of selfishness.
Isn’t it better, isn’t it the highest thing, to teach what you have learned, to pass on what you have experienced and to try and make another life richer and fuller?
So much of modern culture teaches us to pursue what we want. You never hear about the joy and the fulfillment of having and raising children. Outside of the church, I don’t think I have ever heard about the duty to raise children. It was never taught in school; in school, we learned that there was absolutely no difference between boys and girls, and that thinking each might have a different role to play in the dance of life was wrong, backwards thinking. And yet, when I speak with my parents and my friends who are parents, I see the richness that having children has brought to their lives.