Im naturally, selfish, lazy, undisciplined, and thats just my short list.
I appreciate (mostly) that my children are little agents from the Lord pressing this out of me. Gratefully, I am so much more selfless than I would be if I had just stuck with my husband and dog. God didnt give me children to make me happy, He gave me children to make me holy.
I think God is pleased when we lay down our own desires and serve others, so He conveniently implemented this thing called family so we could at least hang on the cross and die to self in the comforts of our own living rooms.
I think the sooner we realize God didnt give us children so we can *enjoy them*, rather He gave us children so He could *enjoy us*, the better.
My kids are Gods way of saying *You arent the center of the universe...look beyond the end of your own nose*.
Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven....
I like to think about how God knows whats best for me, and ironically when I accept my children as Gods best (albeit at times painful best) for me I *do* actually start to enjoy them more.
Plus, they are furry and cute.