Our imperfect human side always tries, and often succeeds, to get in the way of what God really wants from us as parents. As worldly creatures we like being better, doing better, and getting more done than the next person. We want to prove our worth in others eyes. As foster parents, we want to show our kids this is what “good” parenting looks like. We want them to see our “normal” and we want that to be their new “normal”.
But, in reality, we are not any better than their biological parents. While we do not abuse our children physically, emotionally, or sexually. Nor, do we neglect our children, but, we still sin. And, sin is sin in God’s eyes. Therefore in His eyes, we are really not any better than the parents we are supposedly protecting these children from. Our judgement of the biological family, for the choices they have made and make, is clearly just as wrong as the choices they have made and are making.
We are beginning to understand more and more each day that we are not only here to love the children, but also their parents.
At the end of the day, God has called us to love and protect these beautiful children. We get to play an important role in their lives for now. Our goal should never be about how much better of a parent we are than their biological parents. Instead, the goal should be love. We are here to show these children they are special and they are loved. To show them they make our world crazy better every day! We get to kiss their hurts, celebrate their accomplishments, praise their great works, and tuck them into bed every night after we pray for their mom and dad.
Our imperfect human side wants to make this about us. But, God’s plan has always been to make this about the children. And, in that, the biological parents are a clear extension of their children and God’s plan for redemption.
So, we will love.
We will love not only the children, but we will love their mom and dad. We will pray for them. We will root for them. We will encourage them. And, we will remember, this journey is about love, grace, and mercy for all involved.
– Howard’s Party of 8