Because I want the best for my children I will guide them to walk in the ways of the Lord, not in the ways of the world (Rom. 12:2). I will realize that many directions in life that seem good to one on the surface, upon more careful examination actually lead to failure, death and destruction (Prov. 14:12). I will teach my children to look for the true happiness and fulfillment found in faithfulness to God rather than in the temporary pleasures and ultimate unhappiness that are the natural result of sinful lifestyles (Heb. 11:24-26).
It will be my goal to teach my children, above all else, the ways of God (Eph. 6:1-4). I will try my best to guide them as to what is right, and I will correct them when they make mistakes. Sometimes, I will be tempted to overlook disobedience on their part. But because I love them so much, and because of who they are, I will discipline them in order that they may learn and see the value of the pathway of righteousness (Prov. 13:24).
My children are not just my children. They belong to the Lord, too. And they will not stay children for very long. Soon, they will be needed to take their places in leading the Lord’s church. They will need to carry the gospel message of salvation to lost souls all around them. They will need to become shining lights in a world of darkness in order that some will be able to find their way to the Lord. They will need to become loving, nurturing, guiding parents to their children, leading them in the ways of the Lord, guiding them to take their ultimate places in His church, preparing them to reach out to the lost with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Yes, when I look at my children I need to see a lot more than just “my” children. Their eternal destiny, and that of countless other souls, depends on what I see when I look at them. May God guide me to always keep them, and my role as their parent, in proper perspective…