“Our generation is completely filled with grief and post-contraceptive regret,” said Giroux, leader of a group of mothers who advocate for welcoming children. “We were blown away at our first talk with how many women could relate with what we were saying … we want to witness to the younger generation so they don’t repeat our mistakes.” (Source)
That phrase “post-contraceptive regret” goes to the core of a lot of modern women today. It’s a tragedy. They are victims of this culture of death too. They bought the lie that having a career was more important than having and raising children. Tonight, I was sitting with my oldest daughter and we chuckled as we witnessed my three younger daughters joyfully teasing and playing with each other. Kids don’t need things. They need brothers and sisters which forge their bonds of love and true happiness. Toys and expensive bobbles can get in the way, and can actually take away happiness from a child. They are no replacement for a brother or sister! Love endures all things, not IPODs. Parents: do not deceive yourselves into thinking that your child or children are happy with distractions. If you want to give them true joy, give them a relationship that lasts a lifetime…a bit of you…which is called a child! That’s the best “toy” going! It never gets dated and it loves.
In the end, all that matters is our relationships. Everything else is fleeting. Here today. Gone tomorrow. In this life, the only thing worth really fighting for is our relationships within our families because that’s what gets us through the darkest moments and creates incredible bonds of love, fidelity, hope, and trust. It is the virtues which are worth holding on to…and our relationship with God too. That’s what carries us over to the other side. Your only value as a human being is because someone remembers you in love. Even when you’re gone, that remembrance will be there…but that too will fade at least on this earth. That’s why it’s so important to foster a relationship with the SOMEONE who will remember you in eternity. That someone is God. If you’re not remembered, your life is meaningless. It is only in being remembered by God that one’s life has meaning…even lives that the world thinks very little of can have profound meaning for eternity. In eternity, God and all of our loved ones remember us! And yet the world cannot offer us this truth. That is the great irony of our existence in this world and those who follow it: in the quest to stand on top of the world for a little while, people refuse to acknowledge that they will be forgotten. And those who did not strive for anything really noteworthy but to love family and God above all else will be remembered forever. Man’s ways are not God’s ways.