October 28, 2014
What do you Want for your Children?
Growing up in the “old days” it seemed my parents wanted me to learn about my creativity, how to win and lose, to fail without getting hurt or hurting others. I learned some things the hard way but always under the watchful eye of my parents.
Today’s generation, seems to want to prevent these things or at least soften the blows of these life lessons. It brings me to the question, what do we want/don’t want for our children?
Philippians 1:9-11 “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.”
What I don’t want for my children/grandchildren is to go through life pursuing what the world says to pursue.
“Get all you can.” “Eat, Drink, be Happy.” “Be all that you can be.” “Have it YOUR way.” “You have to be the BEST.” “Everyone has to be a winner.” “He who has the most toys, wins!”
I was never a parent who wanted my kid to get a trophy for last place; I didn’t tell my kids they always have to have the best of everything, the newest of everything and to value things above people. I never wanted my kids to think the world revolved around them.
Now I have four granddaughters and although I have to watch myself from shielding them too much, I really want my granddaughter’s Love to abound, to have knowledge and depth of insight, to discern what is best, so they can live pure and blameless before God. To be filled with fruit of God’s righteousness, so that all who see and know them will give glory to God!