I’ve been do some thinking about the role of parents: Is it what we DO for them or is it what we TEACH them?
Becoming a good parent one has to be equipped with: tons of unconditional love, patience and more patience, limitless forgiveness, immovable boundaries lines otherwise we will end up with kids walking all over us, and a survival mask to handle those difficult challenges that comes along … just to mention a few.
However, it’s my belief that the top priority of parenting lies with the teaching and training of our children.
Children are born with the tendency to do foolish things, and if you let them choose for themselves, they are going to choose wrong. It’s a natural inclination for all of us to do wrong.
Proverbs 22:15 says, “Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child.”
If we love our children, we should always be thinking about their eternal destiny.
Parents, we have been entrusted with the sacred responsibility to train and nurture our children in the way they should go. Don’t be fooled – one day we will be called upon by the Great Master Himself to give an account on our performance.
From the moment we were handed our newborns, God’s clock began ticking. The reality is we only have approximately eighteen (18) years to either influence them to walk with integrity and God fearing accountability OR leave them to walk unwisely into their own destiny.
I admire and hold parents in high esteem who deliberately influence their children to have a fear of God against all odds.
The Bible shows us men like King Solomon, Timothy and Moses whose mothers had Godly influences on their lives.
King Solomon’s mother warned him about the deadly trap of immorality, chasing after women, and warned him about dangers of alcohol.
Moses’s mother saw that her child was a good child, hid him in a basket and place him in a river to escape the death order from the king who had ordered the killing of all the baby boys. With God’s intervention she became his nurse and was paid by the king’s daughter to take care of her own son.
Timothy was taught everything he knew about God by his mother and his grandmother. Both women were highly influential in teaching Timothy as a boy – after which he grew up to be a faithful Godly companion to Paul.
In summary: Even if there’s one parent or a grandparent … we can have a Godly influence in the home.
One question still remains in my mind: “How will EVERYTHING that we’re doing for our cute little Prince and Princess matter at the end of their lives?”
If we DO NOT teach our children to follow Christ, the world will teach them not to.