On Parenting

If we were doing something of little importance, such as climbing Mt. Everest or training for the Tour de France or even enduring the necessary rigors of space travel and exploration, then perhaps we could look upon these moments of pain and hardship as something to be resented, but as it is, because we have been entrusted with the task of raising up godly sons and daughters and with striving against a world of iniquity and dark forces, how can we look upon these things as anything other than the joy and nature of our calling?