No Greater Privilege

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.

3 thoughts on “No Greater Privilege”

  1. I only wish that more people could read this and put the words in action in their child’s life. You are right there are so many children that if not abused, they are at the very least neglected in many way. One day when their nest is empty, they will regret the time they missed with their child/ren. Sometimes when our children are grown we wish we still had crayon marks to get off the wall, or gum out of a pocket that went through the wash, etc. Children are God’s miracles and we should treasure them as He does us!

  2. Hi Jimmy,
    Haven’t posted on our site in a while, but wanted to let you know how much you always inspire! I saw Linda, Matt and their 2 girls in San Antonio this weekend. Small world. Kaitlin was working out with the UTSA cheerleaders as well as Malynda(sp). Not sure if she will go there, but we/ she are looking at quite a few schools. She has been accepted to University of Alabama, but we will see. She has decided that seating in the stands was not near as fun as cheering! Hope you are doing well and I wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!
    Karen

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