There are a lot of voices that are telling you how to parent your kids. You are bombarded by messages all day long. From TV to radio to emails and websites, there is no shortage of unsolicited advice.
- Toys R Us wants you to buy the next new toy.
- Disney wants you to go on a family dream vacation
- Hollywood wants you to buy your kids everything that is associated with the Superman movie
- Magazines tell you what your kids should wear
- McDonald’s and TV tell you what your kids should eat
These are only a few messages that you get on a regular basis.
What if there was a way to filter these messages so that you could cut through the majority of the noise?
The Bible has plenty to say about children. My favorite is Psalm 127.
Psalm 127:3-5 says this:
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!
You are held responsible by God for how you parent your kids. Your kids are arrows. You and your spouse are the bow. You are the means for shooting your kids straight to Jesus.
Have your quiver full but know this: Every arrow is a kid that is a potential disciple in the making by his/her parents. Shoot your kids straight. Straight to Jesus.
If the bow is jacked up, the arrow never reaches the target.
This does not mean you are not to want your kids to be good at sports or get good grades in school. What it does mean is that should not be your first priority.
Your first priority should be pointing your kids to Jesus. You are called to make disciples before you are called to do anything else.
Your kids need to know that they have parents that love Jesus. They need to see what it looks like when a daddy prays and reads the Bible. They need to see that Daddy and Mommy love Jesus and love each other.
Your goal as a parent is not to get your kids to chase the American dream. Your goal as a parent is to raise your kids the way the Bible would teach you and point your kids to Jesus.
When your arrows are sharp, you can pull the string on the bow, priming the arrow for flight. Point the arrow at the target…Jesus and let go.
Your child is in the hands of Jesus.
When you point your child to Jesus, you have faith to trust that Jesus will take care of them; after all, He is the One that gave them to you.
When you point your child to Jesus, you release them into the hands of Jesus.
Jesus is very capable of taking care of your child. Train your kids well and let them live their lives to the glory of Jesus.