Monday, November 28, 2011
Opportunity cost of children
Speaking of the effects of having children in class today was eye opening. The costs according to our textbook for raising a child to adulthood is over $100,000. The text also claims that getting a child through college on average cost over $1 million. For me that is a valid concern for those young couples who are thinking about having children. As members of the church we know we are commanded to multiply and replenish the earth, and not delay having children. However I am sure that once this stage of life comes up that it is truly a trial of faith for many. It would be naive and arrogant to judge those who struggle with such a decision. The best thing we can do to encourage others is teach and testify of the joys of having children. I don't have any kids but I have faith that the Lord knows whats best. He wants us to selflessly give up our own interests and goals to provide life for others. Also if we truly desire to become like our Father in Heaven how could we justify putting off having children. One of the great promises that the Lord gave to one of his most noble children, Abraham, was that his posterity would be a many as the sands of the sea. This life experience is truly based upon the family unit. To be like the Father we must become a father or mother.