Sunday, October 30, 2011

LIFE OF A PK......FACT VS. FICTION

My life as a preacher's (pastor's) kid has been very rewarding and very interesting. Many individuals have their own perceptions about children that grow up under parents who are either pastors, preachers, and priests. However, unless you are actually one of those you really don't know what it is like. All preacher's kids are not the same, therefore you cannot put us all into one group. There are a lot of similarities, but there can also be a lot of differences. I would say that my childhood was very fulfilling. There were a lot of things that my sisters and I were not allowed to do, but we still managed to have fun. As I look back on life, I realize that I didn't miss out on much. My life consisted of church three days a week and sometimes twice on Sundays. At that time, I really didn't appreciate having to attend church so often, but it built the foundation on which I live by today. I wasn't a perfect preacher's kid, but I wasn't the worst. I have learned from every experience that I have gone through in life. I have realized that my parents are the tree and my sisters and I are the branches, therefore we are all one unit. Even as we extend out, we will always remember where we came from.  There is so much pressure that comes with being a preacher's kid. The label preacher's kids holds us to a higher standard. We are judged very harshly because of the background that we come from. We have to live up to the expectations of our parents and those around us. When we don't, we are labeled as rebellious, disobedient, and wild. I believe that preacher's kids are not very different from any other kids. We want to figure out life on our own and we don't want anyone to tell us how to do it. That is one of the characteristics of being a kid. The lifestyle of a preacher's kid is good because it allows you to know what is right from wrong. One of the main differences is that we are taught what is right based on our parents understanding. As a preacher's kids there is no way of escaping it. Some kids do not have someone to tell them right from wrong. So, I appreciate being raised with values and morals even if it came with a price. As a child, I adopted those beliefs that were taught to me by my parents. As an adult, I use that foundation to maintain certain beliefs and hopefully passed down similar beliefs to my children. I will always be a preacher's kid, that's how I was raised and that is who I am.


4 comments:

  1. Making me so proud, I love you, keep up the good work.

    Dad

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  2. aww that was great especially the pic at the end :)

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  3. Naomi we should always thank God for our beautiful family. It was his divine will that your father and I become your parents.We should not take it for granted and continue to love, learn and grow together. Also, always remember Jaamal and Kechera. We are all part of God's divine plan and I love the Lord for that. Mom

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