Thursday, July 2, 2009
A Parent's Primary Objective
Pro 3:1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
There is no doubt we all have way too much to do. My intent is not to add to our mounting responsibilities, but rather to trim some of the excess.
Our kids need our instruction more than ever before. When we realize how absent we parents have become in the lives and especially the instruction of our young ones, there is no doubt that the chances of them developing quality character is diminished. This results in more work and greater grieve later on once they begin to stray from normative behavior. What can be done?
Realizing that television has become the number one educator of most children, and what a poor schoolmaster it is, we must cut down their time in front of the set and increase their time at the feet of dad, mom and especially, Jesus.
In the first verse of Proverbs 3, we find a godly parent giving instruction and godly principle to a son who is receptive and needful of the same.
Might I suggest each of us forgo one TV program per day, or one half hour of computer time and instead use it to instruct our most valuable resources and charges, our kids?
There is an abundance of material to use for this purpose, but since we are here in Proverbs, how about reading and expounding upon one chapter of the book per day?
As I observe the youth, even of our church, I see that there is a great need of
guidance, protection, direction and correction. I shudder to think of where many will end up if there is not parental intervention, and very soon. I also observe that there is no lack of love on the part of the parents, just a lack of the discipline it takes in some parents to see their children through to godly maturity. Time restraints, misplaced priorities, lack of knowledge and other difficulties keep them from performing their most important task, passing down the faith in bite sized morsels, causing the kids to assimilate the commandments of God in their young lives.
How about starting, or restarting a family devotional time today?
Additionally, don't miss out on those great teaching moments that arise during the course of the day, something that happened to the kids at play or at school could be the launching pad for a biblical character lesson.
May God bless you as you embark on this path of bringing up your precious little ones in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.