The more I struggle to understand what it means to be a parent, the more I realize just what God goes through. When I look at my own parents I realize they held me to high expectations, not because they were being “controlling” or “demanding” but because they knew I had more potential in me then even I realized. There are things more important to God than giving us an easy life. This is clearly seen in the Bible. God has always been more interested in our relationship with him than in our sacrifices (for Jews) or following a bunch of rules (for Christians). But we can’t seem to get that through our heads. We keep trying “harder” to please God, when that misses the whole point.