Studying God’s word is the best resource for parenting ideas and instruction. You’ll see your child’s reactions to situations in so many stories and read of God’s opinions and solutions. I learned so much and prayed for wisdom to apply His principles to my situations. I found that God is even more interested in us getting it “right” than we are.
The very nature and character of God is exemplified so well in Genesis. He continues to work through Abraham even though he had a tendency toward deception. Sarah was a mocker and a jealous schemer. Yet, they are the mother and father of our faith! He used a killer to lead His people out of Egypt and then called that same man to bring us the Ten Commandments.
I could go on, but my point is this: God uses very ordinary, flawed people to further His plans. The one thing these people had in common was their willingness to be used by an unseen God. This encourages me as a parent. After all, I’m not trying to part the Red Sea. I am just trying to be an effective parent.
So often we want to read a parenting book or take a parenting class – and these are good and helpful tools – but the most important action a parent can take is to read the Bible and stay in fellowship with the Holy Spirit. If I had to teach a Parenting 101 class, I’d say, “Get into the habit of reading your Bible and practice listening to the Holy Spirit.” I know it will take time, but it will be worth the effort. It will allow you to line up your life with what the Holy Spirit wants; and it’s from that vantage point that God will shape you and show you how to be an effective parent.
I wish I had a ten-point checklist of the things parents need to do to produce godly citizens of the United States, but what God wants is for us to be dependent on Him. That takes pressing in and listening. It takes self-examination. It takes an incredible amount of faith because God’s ways, more times than not, will be the opposite of what our worldly experts say. When I have followed God’s leading on parenting, I have never been let down…never.
Until next time,