Encouragement. It is so important. God uses people to encourage each of us during our lives. I have a friend who is constantly encouraging me. She does the same for others, as well.
My friend has a son who is entering his first year at college far away. (FAR away…) Did she hope as he was a toddler that he would attend college someday? Surely, she did. As she invested what she knew into his growing mind, did she one day picture his graduation from school and into adulthood? I think she did. So, is this an easy time for a parent to let go?
When we are permanent citizens of Heaven someday, it won’t matter how far away someone’s mansion is. We will have eternity to find another believer and talk with them. Distance won’t matter anymore. But, for now, the miles do add up.
As stewards of our children, it is difficult to watch their ascent into life from the bleachers. Cheer, we must—yet it IS their game and it is not ours to play. We love them, nurture them and train them in the faith; then, it’s as if we send them out on the field to continue with all they’ve learned, commiting them to God once again.