IÂ know this is an African proverb, but itâ€™s full of truth and Iâ€™ve been known to quote it many times when talking to mums and dads and, to be honest â€“ anyone who is listening!
Iâ€™m so grateful that since our first baby was born weâ€™ve been a part of an incredible, caring community. We havenâ€™t lived close to our natural family for the majority of our kidâ€™s lives, but Iâ€™ve found myself in a beautiful house where God Himself feels quite at home. Iâ€™ve met a diverse group of caring and contributing individuals. Why would you want to be anywhere else!
I believe our children (who are now 20 and 18) are not perfect but great, normal, fun kids. Theyâ€™re the sum total of a whole lot of little things. Iâ€™m struggling to think of one example but overwhelmed with the countless times throughout their lives where friends, and sometimes strangers, have gone above and beyond to spend time with them, take them out, just hang out, play football and simply have fun.
This, collectively, has been immeasurable in adding value to who they are and helping build character and self-esteem. Itâ€™s been a phenomenal help to me as a mum and honestly made not only my days BUT my years!
The thing that brings huge comfort and peace to my heart over the years of being a mum is knowing that Iâ€™m not doing the most challenging and rewarding part of my life alone. There will always be people around me in my church community who care and love and support us any time of day or night which then guides us to also step into someone elseâ€™s world and make their day!
Just the way, I believe God intended it to be.
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Cathy Clarke @cathyclarkeÂ is lead pastor of Hillsong Church London @HillsongLondon alongside her husband Gary @GaryJamesClarke