I recently watched the 2012 movie What to Expect When You’re Expecting.  From the IMDB website, the plot is:  “A look at love through the eyes of five interconnected couples experiencing the thrills and surprises of having a baby, and ultimately coming to understand the universal truth that no matter what you plan for, life doesn't always deliver what's expected.”  The movie was a little more than that, though.  Despite some of the challenges that these couples go through, the overwhelming message is that parenting is an amazing adventure but well worth the experience.  In fact, one of the best dialogues of the movie is when a group of fathers, which included Chris Rock, set a worried expecting father straight. 

The young man was married to Jennifer Lopez’ character, and the two were planning on adopting a baby from Ethiopia since they were unable to have children themselves.  Throughout most of the movie, he was worried about and very insecure about his readiness to have a young child in the house and about his capability to be a father.  The group of friends led by Chris Rock explained to the worried prospective father that you are never really ready for the adventure of being a parent, so it is best to just jump on and hang on for dear life.  Then they went on to explain that being fathers was the best experience of their lives and that, despite their occasional complaints that they loved being fathers and dearly loved their children.  Perhaps the best line of the movie was when Chris Rock’s character explained that he thought he was happy before being a father, but now that he had children, he knew he was happy for the first time in his life.

This is definitely a must see movie for all parents, expecting or otherwise.  The scenes are very realistic.  They pull no punches in showing both the good and the bad that goes with parenting, especially with the entire experience of bringing children into the world for the first time.  But they do a great job of showing the wonder, the amazing wonder of birth.

This is an experience that I will never forget for the rest of my life.  I was blessed to be present and in the delivery room for the births of all four of my precious children.  At the moment when they were finally delivered, I got tears in my eyes, knowing that I was witnessing a great miracle.  I have never seen anything like it in my life.  Moreover, I have never experienced anything greater than marriage and being father to my four children.  This is certainly one thing that the movie got right.

If you have children, I pray that you would remember to thank God every day for this great blessing.  I pray also that you would be filled with God’s Wisdom and Power in raising them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

 


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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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