Dear Mom & Dad
I’m about to turn 41 years old. I’ve been happily married for 18 and 1/2 years. I’ve got four boys ages 16, 14, 12, and 6. I’ve been a minister for 21 years. I realize more everyday how blessed I am to have the parents that raised me. I would like to explain and express just what I mean. Not to compare them to others, but to encourage other moms and dads.
My dad Steve Crosby, a former Marine has been a local pastor practically my entire life. My mom, Helen Crosby was a school teacher for years and most of all a daily teacher inside our home. Neither of my parents are perfect, but I can confidently say they are way beyond average. Here are just a few things that set them apart from most.
- Thanks Mom & Dad For Loving Jesus. At our house, we didn’t just talk about faith. We were taught God’s word and that faith in Christ was all that mattered. We learned that in this life you will have trouble, but with God’s help you can make it through anything. Not going to church weekly together was not even an option. I’m grateful that I learned early in life to look to Jesus, not this world for my peace, purpose, and hope.
- Thanks Mom & Dad For Loving Each Other. I cringe to bring this up because I realize most marriages today end in divorce. Yet, something special happens when two people are led by faith and keep working at their love commitment. I don’t know what it’s like to be torn between two parents or homes. I don’t know what it’s like to worry about my family falling apart at any moment. Thanks mom and dad for continuing to work through your struggles with God’s help. I’m glad you’re still together.
- Thanks Mom & Dad For Unconditional Love. At our house there were expectations. There were non-negotiables. But there was never an absense of unconditional love. I’ve never doubted my parent’s love. I can remember being told we want you to do your best, but our love will never change. Thanks mom and dad for loving me no matter what I did or did not do.
- Thanks Mom & Dad For Always Praying. I’m learning myself as my kids get older that you can’t do everything for your children. You can always pray for them. I always knew my parents were praying for me and lifting up my struggles to God. I sincerely believe those prayers have carried me to anywhere I am today. Thanks mom and day for all the morning, daytime, and late night prayers!
- Thanks Mom & Dad For Leading By Example. I said earlier, my parents aren’t perfect. However, I’ve never doubted their integrity and efforts towards being all God has called them to be. I’m not sure there is anything a parent can say that is more important than what they do. None of us can be perfect parents, but our children need to see we’re at least trying to practice what we preach. Otherwise, most of what we say will fall on deaf ears. Thanks mom and dad for continuing to set a Godly example in life.
Mom and Dad I love you, appreciate you, and I will not forget these principles as I continue to raise my children. Thanks for being such a blessing!
(Ephesians 6:1-3) Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”