UPDATE: Arianna Huffington read this piece and consequently it was published on Thrive Global, Nov 2017 as ’A Letter to Christian Parents’. Click here to read it on Thrive Global.
The Chinese have an insightful word for the concept of 'nature'. It is pronounced, 'Ziran,' and means 'of itself', 'naturally' or 'spontaneously.' Think about it, a tree does not grow as tall as it possibly can, because someone or something told it to. Instead, this is all it knows. It's desire to reach its full potential flows naturally and spontaneously from within.
If we were to apply the principle of 'Ziran' to relationships, it reveals an affecting truism about the concept of love. If a mother is to ask her son, "Do you love me?" and the son responds with, "I'm trying my best, mom," you can expect the mother to cringe within...