For some reason I've been thinking about something my pastor, Dr. Barry Culberson said to me once in a brief, but profound conversation. I had just met him and his wife at their annual Christmas party, as we were new to the church. He asked if we had any children and I told him that we didn't and that I wasn't sure I wanted any. He looked at me sort of surprised and said that children were a blessing. And he went on to say something like this (paraphrasing), "Think about this. When you and your husband create a baby together, you're really creating a life that will go on forever and ever and ever...into eternity. Isn't that powerful? That God gives us that ability?"
And he just left it at that. But I was amazed. I had never thought of it that way! We really do have the ability to create a gift that we give to eternity. How awesome a thought. I almost can't wrap my mind around it.
I also found this quote today that sort of pulls this all together. My prayer is that I raise my own daughter with the same vision for her that God has...an eternal one.