Possessing a flute does not make you a flutist, similarly, possessing a child does not make you a parent. True parenting is a great challenge, specially now, when immature children are vulnerable to the early onslaught of electronic media. Parents often asked Swami Chinmayanandaji how they could instil ethical and spiritual values in growing children. Swamiji always answered, “By living them yourself.” Let children see how nobly you live your life, how you respect and care for the elderly in the family.
Roy knows he needs to grow spiritually; to love God and His creation, read the Bible, and apply its truths. But he struggles to believe that a major reason to grow is that he is in a deep and severe state of neediness and incompleteness. Yet the Bible teaches that all of us are in this state.