Now that summer is over and the kids are back in school, our lives have gotten busy again. We're up at the crack of dawn every morning, Daughter headed off to one school, Little Son to another (and I have to drive them both), Hubby to work, and some days me too. There's groceries to be bought, dry-cleaning to be picked up, bills to be paid, and laundry to be done. There's play rehearsals and band practice and homework. Dinner and baths and - finally! - bedtime. Just to get up and do it all over again the next day. So it's no wonder that I tend to lose sight of some of the more important things in my life - the things that matter the most.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." - Jeremiah 29:11
God has a plan for all of us. As a parent I know that means He has a plan for my children. I don't know exactly what that plan is, but I do know that it's my responsibility as a parent to have a vision for them. Hubby and I are the greatest influence on our children - but we're up against a lot of things: media, pop culture, peer pressure, to name a few. But we know the kind of people we want our children to grow up to be. We know that we want them to love God with all their hearts. We want them to genuinely love others. We want them to deeply love and respect their immediate family. We want them to receive their self-esteem from Jesus Christ. We want them to develop their God-given skills and talents and be productive members of society. And we want them to be difference-makers for God. These are the things we want to instill in them. These are our goals for their lives. And if this is our vision for them, then I feel certain that it is in line with God's vision for them as well.
Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. -Proverbs 22:6
After church today I was thinking back on our week and how busy it was - for a "short week" it sure seemed like a long one to me! And I thought about how much time we spend in the urgency of day-to-day things, like school and work and schedules and routines, and how much time we spend pursuing our vision for our children. And I have to admit, I was a little bit ashamed. Not that I think we're doing a horrible job - in fact, I think our children exhibit a lot of the traits we wish for them. But I think maybe we need to do more. Instead of worrying so much about what they "have", maybe we need to focus more on what they will "become". Some days my only goal is to just get thru the day. But if that is my only goal every day, then I'm not getting very far. I'm just doing life.....daily. I need to keep that vision for my children as my focus, because that is my God-given responsibility as a parent. It needs to be my focus every day, because my children are a gift from God. I don't want to mess them up.
Children are a gift from the Lord, they are a reward from him. - Psalm 127:3
What about you? Do you have a vision for your children? What do you want them to become? Leave me a comment and let me know how you keep that vision when life is throwing everything at you. Because sometimes? It's hard.
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