The pull of our world is strong, friends.
Just the other night, one of my young boys talked to me about his concerns that he doesn’t know what God wants him to do in the future, or even now. He’s looking for his purpose in life. It’s not the first time he’s mentioned such concerns to me, even at the young age of nine.
And to be honest, I’m wasn’t really sure how to answer him other than to suggest that he continue to be faithful in doing all things as “unto the Lord.” But that suggestion failed to satisfy. Looking back, I think his questions were aiming more at finding significance than I initially understood.
Although the conversation was frustrating for me as a parent, realizing I lacked the answers he was seeking for his restlessness, and likewise frustrating for him as a child, it reminded me once again of how my parenting is limited by my humanity.
Above all, we must teach our children to seek a real and personal relationship with their Creator God.
And with our oldest boy halfway through high school already, I’m more and more aware that time with them is fleeting. A parent’s influence only reaches so far, and while they are still under our roof, I want to make the most of this time!
Maybe you’re feeling that urgency, too?
To get all of the wisdom in during these years that fly by faster and faster as time passes?
In last week’s Grace and Truth linkup, I read two excellent posts from parents who get it – this need to connect our children to those gospel truths that will last beyond our home and into eternity.
Rebekah from Surviving Toddlerhood shared a poignant post relating to the Josh Duggar scandal (not your typical Duggar post at all). I appreciate how Rebekah gets right at the root of raising young men who understand their need for a Savior!
Katie from I Choose Brave shares about the lessons that hard things teach our children. She also gets to the root of the issue, which is the need for Jesus.
Thanks ladies for reminding us of our parenting priority – helping our children understand their great need and the solution to that need.
Sometimes we can effectively apply parenting advice and other times we just do our best and pray about the rest. Being a loving Christian parent isn’t about attaining perfection, but about faithfullypointing them to Jesus!
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