We are to picture God to our children, as imperfect as we are. The relationship we have- father/son (mother/daughter) is compared to the relationship we have as children of God. Now, that would be scary if you didn’t realize it’s a picture, something to give us guidelines and insight. God knows we are but flesh.
This is something I’ve told parents for years- to learn to delight in their children, but I didn’t learn how powerful it was until my son nailed it down last year as we were talking. I’ll let Nate tell you about it here: (This clip is one of many included on Homeschooling-Educating for Eternity DVD series. This is a 3 hr presentation by Rick, Marilyn, and 6 of our adult kids on the things we did while raising them that they wish to pass on to their children)
It was one of those things we stumbled upon not realizing it was an important principle in God’s Word and had such a lasting impact on our children. I have since started studying Scripture on how God delights in us. It’s really fascinating!!
- -Proverbs 8:30 “I was daily His delight”
- -Ps. 18:19- psalmist rescued because God delighted in him
- -Prov. 8:31- God delights in the sons of men
- -Isaiah 62:4- Lord delights in you
- -Psalm 22:8- rescued because God delights in him (God’s son)
- Proverbs 3:12-“Even as a father- the son in whom he delights-How blessed is the man who finds wisdom
- Psalm 37:23- The steps of a man are established (ordered) by the Lord and He delights in his way. –even when you fall- Lord is there holding your hand (what a picture in training our children)
The following is my son Rick’s testimony-
“I will confess that, in making life decisions, I ought to ask myself what God would think. Yet often I find myself asking, what would Mom think? I want desperately for this lady to be able to be proud of me, to be a credit rather than an embarrassment to her. I have learned that if I filter my actions through the “Mom filter,” most times I’m glad I did.”
I believe delighting in your kids is the key to your kids giving you their heart
As I said earlier, it takes time to get to really know each child, their passions, interests, stumbling blocks, what makes them tick, what discourages them, what motivates them.
Our kids have to know that we are dedicated to their success above our own goals, reputation, our own time, schedule, etc.
It takes giving consideration to their input with respect as if they were another adult, listening to their stories, dreams (OHH this can be trying!!), explanations. Some kids take longer to communicate and it takes time and patience to really listen!!
Psalm 40:8- “I delight to do Thy will- when we delight in our children, they respond in delighting to please us.
Our son, Rick, said it often kept him from doing wrong, knowing that doing a certain thing would displease his parents.
Delight is a matter of the heart. It comes from deep within. Our children belong to the LORD, not us. He entrusts them to us.
Col. 3:17 “Whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks thru Him to God the Father.”
We need to realize that our attitude as parents needs to grow to be a selfless one. We are called to do what we do for the Lord Jesus, even on the really tough days- not for wealth or fame or recognition or even thanks. Kids don’t appreciate what you’ve done for them when they are little. They will when grown and have kids of their own.
The Lord sees and knows all. As we learn to seek the Lord in our child rearing-for all the details- we begin to internalize that He does care and is waiting to pour out His wisdom to us in precise detail.
In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.
Our kids are created in God’s image. Our job is to point them to their Savior- that is foremost in our job description, not teaching math, geography, or biology, but rather in building servant’s heart for Jesus.
More next week…
If you missed Part 1 of this series, you can read it here