What I Wish My Parents Knew
Introduction: As parents our desire to please our children should not be mostly determined by what they wish in the present as preschoolers, children, or teenagers but in the future as young adults. Parents must see the big picture to achieve what God desires for their children. This requires unconditional, sacrificial love balanced with tough love.
Thanks For Teaching Me To:
Love God’s (Deuteronomy 6:4-7)
- Ways (Psalm 119:1-6)
- Word (Psalm 119:9-16)
- Will (Proverbs 3:5-6; Proverbs 16:9; Proverbs 29:18)
Footnote: The mode of teaching in Scripture is always modeling or mentoring.
Value Responsibility (Proverbs 13:4; Proverbs 20:4; Proverbs 21:25; Proverbs 22:13; Proverbs 26:16; Proverbs 29:21)
Footnote: Responsibility is expected all through life in every area of life and should be learned very early in life.
Appreciate Discipline (Proverbs 3:11-12; Proverbs 13:24; Proverbs 22:15-16; Proverbs 23:13-14)
Footnote: Discipline gives the platform for parents to speak into the lives of their children.
Respect Authority (Ephesians 6:1-4)
Footnote: All authority comes from and is mandated by God. He uses authority to bring order and structure to our lives. Without authority life makes no sense and has no boundaries.
Application: Parenting is about direction and not perfection.
“Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
the fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
so are the children of one’s youth.” (Psalm 127:3-4)