I had lunch this week with Dave, a friend of mine and father of three adult children. The topic of this blog came up so I asked, “What’s the greatest lesson you’ve learned as a dad?” Dave’s answer was profoundly succinct, “Expect less, love more.”
As I reflected upon his advice, I remembered Jesus’ prayer on the cross, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). Now that’s expecting less and loving more!
Then it hit me. When it came to my kids—and many of my other relationships—I bought into another similar sounding message: “Expect more, pay less.” It’s the slogan of Target Corporation and it’s been heavily advertised into my heart.
[Continue reading on the Stepping Up website.]
What are some of the lessons you’ve learned as a parent?