“If I never do anything right in my life, as long as I raise godly children, I will be successful. If I am unable to raise godly children, nothing I ever do will matter.”
That is what I USED to think….
After a particularly difficult day as a young mother, my husband said to me, ” You are more than just a mother.” I wasn’t sure I agreed with him at the time, but as I thought about that assertion, it made sense to me. Biblical sense. I would not be judged by my stellar performance as a mother. I would be judged by my heart in submission to Christ. Godly children are a delight and a joy, but children are not my judge.
Proverbs instructs us over and over to discipline our children. I was all for it before I had children. Go, Solomon. Tell those parents to straighten out those wild banchees.
Then the children came. I finally understood why parents opted out of discipline. It is hard to stay focused on those little ones. It’s hard to keep an eye on them and catch their errant ways!
“Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.” Prov. 29:17
Correction is a worthy task. Stay with it. Keep after your children. Don’t give up.
Parents have an enormous job to correct their children.
Children also have the responsibility to respond to their parents discipline.
Proverbs 1:8 “My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother.”
This is one of many scriptures that teach the children to accept the instruction of their parents. Rebellious children were stoned, not their parents.
Children can be taught that they have a responsibility to God to obey their parents. You are not raising your children alone. God is working on them, they are deciding if they will offer soft hearts to God and you are being strong in your correction.
This is a team effort, but God made each of us with a free will. Each of us will choose…God and his ways or the wide path that leads to destruction. Your children will choose. Pray that they will heed your godly instruction.
Discipline has always been such a struggle…when, how much, what kind, how often.
What has been a struggle for you in raising your children?