by J. Gerald Harris

The Mirth of Birth
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
Judges 13:2-6, 11-21, 24

There is no role in life that is more important or more significant than the role of being a parent.

Some of the professional athletes have said that they have no desire to be a role model for the boys and girls and the young people of our nation. But when you become a parent, you do not have the luxury or the right to deny your place as a role model, because you will become a role model for your children. You may be a good one or a bad one, but it is inevitable that they will look to you as their example.

But, you know, I appreciate parents who love their children and provide for their children and sacrifice for their children.

One little boy was talking to a friend, and he said, "I'm really worried. My dad slaves away at his job so I'll never want for anything, so I'll be able to go to college if I want to. And my mom works hard every day washing and ironing and cleaning up after me and taking care of me when I'm sick. They spend every day of their lives working just on my behalf. I'm worried."

His friend asked, "What have you got to worry about?"

And he replied, "I'm afraid they might try to escape."

But someone asked Barbara Johnson (Do you remember Barbara Johnson? She's the one who wrote the book "Stick a Geranium in Your Hat and Be Happy." And she wrote the book "Splashes of Joy in the Cesspools of Life.") ...but somebody asked her, "Where would we be without our kids?" And she said, "Maybe Maui, or the Caribbean, or Acapulco."

Barbara says that she's been collecting quips for parents. And let me give you a few of them.

"Just when your kids are fit to live with, they're living with somebody else."

"The smartest advice on raising children is to enjoy them while they're still on your side."

"The joy of motherhood - what a woman experiences when all the children are finally in bed."

"A mother of three notoriously unruly kids was asked, 'If you had to do it all ...

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