Even though I don't exactly celebrate holidays... Father's day has me thinking about parent-child relationships... The passages I want to share today are short and to the point...
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Too many parents these days worry about SO much... Too many focus so much of their attention on the "opportunities" their child has. How many activities they participate in, places to go, sports, etc....... Some focus on this, some focus on friendship with their child... some focus on knowledge... the list could go on...
Well, what is most important in your job of raising your child(ren)?
I'm not opening up a discussion about parenting, but I will say that too many parents out there aren't parenting enough. Too many people are too focused on their own lives, or even just the trivial stuff. Now obviously there's a lot to parenting... I could list all sorts of things a parent should do, like spend time with your children. But obviously my focus for today is the above passage. Your children learn SO much from you. (good and bad)...
Train them well. Teach them all that God wants them to know about Him. Train your children and train them well, and they will not turn from that teaching. So, what's important in life? How many sports your child is involved in? How well they do in school? How much of a social life YOU have? There's plenty of time for all of the other stuff... just don't ever forget what's important.
Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
Words spoken directly from God to Moses.
I don't think I really have to describe how children can be less than respectful towards their parents.
Children, especially as they get a little older, don't realize that their parents do know more than them about life, and they usually have some pretty good reasons for the rules they have. Unfortunately it wont be until most children are grown and have kids of their own that they fully understand a parent's reasoning.
And, just like the verse above that was written for parents. If your parents are teaching you like they should, and you honor that teaching, you can't even imagine how blessed your life will be.
Anyway... If you do celebrate this day as most do... in all the emotional "thanks for being a great dad" type stuff... don't just dwell on all the nice things that parents do but really take in all that a parent is and what they are there for. Don't ever take that relationship for granted.
Dear Lord I want to thank you today for giving us children, parents. Just like all of us being your children and needing your guidance, children need the guidance of their parents.
I pray that both children and parents will take this relationship and responsibility seriously and to live it out in a way that Honors You.
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