So. Many. Voices. There are so many voices, aren’t there, Mom and Dad? Telling us how to parent our children. Everyone has an opinion on how you should discipline your child, what kind of learning method is best, when is the best age to enroll in this activity or another, and this doesn’t even touch on the many philosophies people have regarding every opportunity you should be offering your children. Needless to say, it can be very overwhelming. And if you are like me, defeating.
Yet, in the midst of all these voices that surround me, the Spirit of God has brought to my heart the words Jesus asked his disciples in Matthew 16:26, “What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” What good will it be if I raise my children perfectly according to the world’s standards, yet miss out on teaching them who Jesus is? What if I model what it means to a successful woman in business only to fail to model to my daughter how to wholeheartedly follow Jesus? What good will it be for my son if I offer him endless sporting, academic, or musical opportunities yet fail to offer him opportunities to love the world? I realize this is very counter-cultural, yet it is becoming the passionate cry of my heart! Oh, that my children would passionately love and unswervingly follow Christ! I want this question of Christ’s to become the lens I view my parenting choices from my parenting style to the activities I encourage them to be a part of. I wonder if you might join me, Mom and Dad?
Think about it for a moment. What do you feel as you read those words of Christ’s from Matthew 16:26 – “What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” Is there a particular decision or situation in your home that you should view through this lens?
Sweet Jesus, it feels so hard to parent our children today. This world seems to be spinning madly and we are surrounded by voices telling us the “best” ways to raise our children. But in the midst of the chaos we want to know what you think. We want our children to love and follow you passionately. We want to make eternal deposits in their lives this week. Helps us, Lord. Lead us, Faithful Father, as only you can. Amen.