I was pondering this statement today.
Why do we chose to become parents? [Well, some of us get surprised... that's another rabbit trail...]
Is it because we want our children to be cute? Or marvel at how they are just like their Great-Aunt Thelma? Is it that we want our children to grow up and make us proud? Have someone to care for us when we are old? Raise responsible adults who will add to society?
I think these are all somewhat common and somewhat harmless.
What if as parents it was a common requirement to raise a child who didn't have grandpa's blue eyes, or daddy's quick wit... What if parenting was "just" based on acceptance and grace [encouragement & boundaries]?...
"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."