Psalm 127:3 – Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.
Children, “our kids”, . . . I’ll go out on a limb and state that nothing changes a person’s life more than becoming a parent. They bring us such joy and sometimes a little sorrow. I’m blessed to have a wonderful son. I have raised him as best I can but like his dad he’s not perfect. Lately the news has been filled with stories of abused children. I can’t for the life of me try to figure out what would make a person take advantage of a child. I don’t understand why a parent would choose a life of drugs over their children. I can’t process the fact that many mothers & fathers discard their relationship with their children when the relationship with the spouse fails. I would just as soon cut off an arm. The above examples are fairly common in our society and I assume that is why we hear so much about them. What are we to do?
The Bible is very clear about how we should regard and raise our children. Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. The responsibility of raising children is huge, but make no mistake, it is a privilege that should be revered. By and large most children don’t face the abuse mentioned above but they are subjected to other “abuses” that may not seem as such.
Here are a few questions to think about:
- Are you spending so much time at work that you rarely see your children?
- Are you getting so wrapped up in your own “commitments” that you miss a soccer game?
- Are you watching TV in lieu of playing a game with your child?
- Are you allowing your children uncensored view of TV or the internet?
- Are thier role models “hollywood types” or godly men and women?
- Do you know their friends?
- Are you leading them to Christ on a daily basis?
It’s easy for parents to become complacent about the responsibility of raising children, we all fall victim to it. In light of recent events we need to take a look at the value that God has placed on them and their upbringing. Serve the Lord by honoring the importance of being an ACTIVE parent on a DAILY basis. There is no greater privilege.
Mark 10:14 – But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.