I heard a very wise man tell a story about how he was very proud to have adopted his daughter. He talked about how no one had even given her a look because she was at that critical age of 13 where it's very hard to be adopted. But he took the chance and was super happy that he did. In doing so, he talked to her about her responsibilities as his daughter and how she was expected to follow the rules. He then asked her, "What do you think my job is?" She hesitated and answered that he was to make the rules and make sure she followed them. "Wise answer, he thought, but that's not my job at all", I replied. "My job is to Lay down my life for you, to make sure you feel safe, to provide for you, and to give you love and guidance!"
Yes, his reply nearly had me in tears! I had never heard anything like that, although I have tried my best to convey something like that to my own children. I imagined how my life would have been if someone had told me that they would lay down their life for me! No use in living in the what could have been, instead I wanted to share this so that other people might share this with those who may need it in order to feel loved like we all should feel!
Yes, once our children are granted to us, we must be ready to lay down our lives for them, for they are our greatest treasure worth any materialistic possession on this universe!