Let me tell you, my wife and I have two boys and in the best of days (which is often, praise Jesus) they are a handful. They require a lot of spiritual, emotional and financial input that I never thought possible. They mean the world to us, even in the worst of days.
Parenthood is no walk in the park, even when walking in the park. There is so much to think about. From a child's point of view, thoughtful, loving and caring parents are worth more than all the money in the world. They are as much a gift from the Lord as children are to them.
My mother and father were not able to afford the latest styles, video games or even a color television until about 1982. However, we went to the park, Woolworth's, saw Grandma at the Bach Building, went camping with Russ and Daisy, went to the drive-in, even to the YMCA once in awhile. Life was good.
I took it upon myself to work when I was able, this being my personal responsibility. When I couldn't drive, I rode my bike, when I couldn't do that, took the bus, or took the shoe leather express. Lord Jesus, it was rough, but nothing beyond what I could bear. You saw to that, you wanted me to appreciate and depend on You for my needs. I am after all, Your child as well.
As for the people You saw fit to be my parents, I thank You without reservation. They helped mold me into some semblance of a responsible, caring adult. Perish the thought about the alternatives, Lord Jesus. Your will is perfect and You have the best for me and my family in mind. It is an honor and a privilege to be their child and more so to be one of Yours.