Herodias is infamous as a manipulative, bitter and wicked woman, but I’d argue she wasn’t the best mother either. Not only did she plot to have John the Baptist killed to silence him, she used her own daughter to get the brutal job done. Few parents will employ their children as pawns in such a deadly game.
Yet I know it’s tempting to use my children to gain personal glory. Maybe we once dreamt of being an athlete, so now we put too much pressure on our children to be the star player. Or we widely share every child’s accomplishment on social media, inadvertently making others feel badly about their own children who never win science fair competitions or aren’t brilliant artists.
My hope is that my heartfelt concern for my children’s character and their happiness will never be overshadowed by my own concern for my pride or reputation.
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