>Eph 2:10: "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them" (NASU).
The Greek word for workmanship is poiema, from which we get our word "poem". It is used also in Romans 1:20 where Paul explains that God's eternal power and divine nature can be seen in nature, His poiema. Paul tells us that all of creation contains works of incredible art created by God to demonstrate and reflect His glory, and that our kids are part of the art show!
If God was willing to put that kind of love and care into creating our children and preparing a path for them to follow "for good works", doesn't it make sense that we should work to find God's path for our kids and surrender any path we may have dreamed up without Him?
God is the great artist and He is preparing a work far greater than any of us can see. It involves all of us. And we can participate by finding the role he created for each of us in His great design. Let's resolve to stop trying to make our own primitive finger painting, and join the rest of God's creation in His work.
Let's surrender our independent plans and assume our role in the greatest work of art ever created!