Love never fails! (I Corinthians 13:8).
There are no perfect parents, outside of Father Himself.
Although those of us who have children may desire to be the best parents that we can possibly be, this fact should bring us great comfort. We are not perfect in our role; we will make many mistakes.
Though we will falter and fail on many fronts with our children, there is one simple ingredient in parenthood that will make it all work.
… Love covers all mistakes … (Proverbs 10:12).
Genuine love for your children, lavished on them, will cover all of your parental mistakes. More than anything else your children just need to be loved; they need to know that you love them. We’re not talking here about some mere sentiment, but a sincere, active love. After all, love is “the greatest” (I Corinthians 13:13), “a more excellent way” (I Corinthians 12:31).
Though you will never be a “perfect” parent – without any mistakes – love will bring you up to a divine “perfection” that is unmatched, for love is “the bond of perfection” (Colossians 3:14).
Obviously I know that my parents were not perfect, since none are; but my memory of them is that of being perfect parents nonetheless. I now know why: they unconditionally bathed me with their love – and love covers all mistakes – it never fails.
If you want to be a “perfect” parent – love your children.
Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.