There’s nothing wrong with parents wanting their kids to maximize the talents God has given them. I am deeply grateful for the academic opportunities my parents afforded me. I am grateful for my friendly neighborhood, my 401K, my health insurance, and my comfortable financial situation. But does our craving to see our children excel arise out of faithfulness or idolatry? We may think an inflated desire for money or success drives our efforts to maneuver our kids’ lives. Yet I think at the root lies two more subtle idols: comfort and safety.