In the Word
Parents, do not treat your children in such a way as to make them angry. Instead, raise them with Christian discipline and instruction. Ephesians 6:4 (GNT)
Of the Word
Parents — even well-meaning Christian parents — can get caught up in the fast-paced lives we live today. Not only do we deal with work and school, but also sports, dance class, piano lessons, meals, and homework. At the end of the day we’re just thankful for bath time and bedtime.
We’re proud when our children make the A honor roll, the varsity team, or the cheerleading squad. But are those the most important things? What about family devotions, mealtime prayers, Sunday worship? Those godly practices have significance for life and for eternity.
God commands that parents instruct their children in His ways. Teach children how they should live, and they will remember it all their life (Proverbs 22:6 GNT). God’s Word clearly shows His will, and His rewards are everlasting. You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand (Psalm 16:11).
Walking with my Lord
Lord, help me to teach my children about You, their loving Savior. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, may I set an example of Christian living that my children will follow throughout their lives. In Your name I pray. Amen.
Mustard Seed: Living as a Woman in Mission. Author: Robin Oblander. 25/32 ©2009 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org
Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.
Scripture quotations marked “GNT” are taken from the GOOD NEWS TRANSLATION – Second Edition, American Bible Society, New York, NY. Copyright © 1992. All rights reserved.