The Gift of Parents
Posted: Friday, February 2
Verse of the day:
“My son, obey your father’s commands, and don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. Keep their words always in your heart. Tie them around your neck. When you walk, their counsel will lead you. When you sleep, they will protect you. When you wake up, they will advise you. For their command is a lamp and their instruction a light; their corrective discipline is the way to life.” (Proverbs 6:20-23 )
The other day, while listening to the radio, I heard a conversation about a school districts desire to bring back corporal punishment and allow physical disciple back into the school. With the parent’s consent, one of the forms of correction would be spanking. It was a very interesting conversation as people land on all side of the issue.
This is not a new discussion. The behavior of our children has been a topic of conversation since little Cain and Able were playing together at the feet of Eve. All parents want their kids to grow up to be the best that they can be. All parents want their kids to make good choices and smart decisions.
Today’s verses teach us the important that a parent’s words and actions can have upon a child. One of the most powerful voices for a child is that of their parent. As a long time youth pastor, one of the things that I know to be true is that I can preach and teach on a subject to teen and I may see a limited impact. However, when I echo the words of parents, my results are multiplied because I am building on the influence that the parents have already poured into their children.
If you are a parent, be reminded today of the weight and influence your words, time and actions have upon your kids. Even when you don’t feel like they are listening or watching, they are. They hear the way you respond. They see the way you worship. They hear your struggle to “want” to go to church on Sunday. When you make good choices and decisions you lay the ground work for them to follow in your path.
Oh yeah, don’t forget to disciple. Many parents fear that if they disciple their kids their child will grow up to hate them. However, the opposite is true. When you don’t provide loving boundaries for your kids to thrive in, they will get lost in a world, adrift without anchor points. Make sure you set rules and inforce discipline. You are the lamp to guide them and the light to light their way. Make sure you stay in God’s word as it is your lamp and light. Parenting is a gift that God gives us to take the influence he has imparted to us to impact the future.