Parents: Simply Sign Posts

Raising children can seem like such a daunting task, often filled with worry and doubt.  “What if I make a mistake?” “What if I don’t teach them correctly?”  “What if…”  Although there are some helpful resources and people who have gone before with some good advice, may we never forget that our most important job is to be a sign post, pointing them to Jesus.

The flesh so often wants to compare itself with others, allowing condemnation and frustration to enter in when we don’t think we’re measuring up. Of course there’s something to be said for diligence and growing in our skills as a parent, however it’s easy to get off course when our eyes are on men.  Being a sign post means you need to know where to point your children.  We must choose to keep our eyes on Jesus so we can point them in the right direction.

Perhaps there are things you wish you could go back and redo, but the truth is yesterday’s gone and tomorrow’s not here yet, so let’s focus on the Lord and serve Him faithfully by yielding to the Holy Spirit and His Word, letting Him work mightily in and through us today. Let the love and joy and truth of Jesus fill us to overflowing, spilling into the hearts and minds of our children. With the hustle and bustle of everyday life and this techno-revolution before us, may we take time to enjoy a blessed meal of God’s Word as a family today. May we remind our children that there is nothing more meaningful than Jesus and His wonderful Word.

When it’s all said and done, at the end of the day, when your children are grown up and are out of the house, will they be able to see you simply as a sign post of Jesus?  Take time each and everyday enjoying the goodness of God, feasting on His Word, and pointing your children to Jesus and Him alone.  There’s not greater privilege or pursuit in being a parent or in being a Christian.

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” 3 John 1:4

“And we know that the Son of God is come, and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is true, and we are in Him that is true, even in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.” 1 John 5:20

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