Every time we had a Baby Dedication at my previous church, te Lead Pastor, Steve Poe, reminded our church family of a very interesting fact. He stated, “The only thing you can take with you into eternity from this world is your children.” The Apostle John states it like this, “I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.”-3 John 1:4. Naturally, John was referring to his “spiritual children”, but the same definitely applies to our natural children. A several years ago, I had the opportunity to baptize my oldest daughter, Nadia. I spoke those same words as I introduced her to the church body. “I have no greater joy then this, to KNOW that MY CHILD is walking in the truth.”
Tim Kimmel in his book, Raising Kids Who Turn Out Right, put this responsibility in perspective. Here’s what he had to say:
“Courage is the uncommon ability to resist when misguided instincts call for surrender. It’s that tenacious resolve to do what is right, regardless of the pain. It requires a temperament willing to maintain convictions despite opposition.”
When you stop to consider it, courage is a greater challenge in the little things than in the big. Although it takes unusual courage to die for something, it takes even greater courage to live for something. Dying for a right cause takes one right choice, living for a right cause requires hundreds of choices each day, day after day.
I don’t think we lack parents with the courage to die for their children. Most would lay down their life without hesitation. What are painfully missing are parents with the courage to live for their children – to lay their self-interest, their reputations, and their discretionary time on the line each day. That takes uncommon courage.”
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today, Let us begin.” – Mother Teresa
Are you like me and find yourself standing firm with big goals in life only to realize how often we blow it in the day to day? I find myself very quick to have pride in all my goals as an athlete, or pastor, or parent only to find myself indifferent when I fall short of those goals. The reality is the day-to-day is what accomplishes these goals. The athlete in training wins the race during practice and parents raise their children everyday, not just a few choice days.
3 John 1:4 – “I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.”
Parents, are you living for your children every day? Write out the goals you have for your children. In other words – What do you want them to look like as a mature believer? Now, what decisions are you making every day to move them towards this goal? A few years back My wife, Aime, and I wrote “The Family Road Map” to help parent’s on this journey. Check it out (HERE)