The Right Outlook on Parenting
God is the Creator of everything. That means He not only created the heavens and the earth (Isa. 42:5), but also the family (Gen. 1:26, 27; Deut. 6; Eph. 6:1-4).
This shows God’s love for mankind. That family is a gift. That it is the most precious thing on earth. By design, the family is made up of the people who will love you the most and understand you the best.
This is extremely important to developing and maintaining a healthy family. Why you might ask? Because it lays the foundation for what God intended for each and every family.
Through the years I have had the privilege of meeting and counseling with hundreds and hundreds of families. In these conversations, I have found that many families have lost sight of these two simple truths: (1) who God is, and (2) His expectations for the family.
Often, what I hear is how the other spouse never listens, or the arguments with the dreaded teenager, or how strict and controlling parents are at home. Whatever the case may be, one of the most fundamental principles every family must never forget is that there is a holy God (Ex. 15:11) and it is our duty to obey, honor and serve Him (Deut. 11:13)! The moment we shift our focus on ourselves, the less likely we will obey Him and teach our family the truths of His Word (Deut. 6:4-6). The Bible says to, “love the Lord your God with all of your heart, mind, and soul” (Deut. 6:5; Matt. 22:37). Once you do that, it makes it so much easier to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22:38). This is the foundation of family!
It is God first and foremost, and everyone else is second (which makes you and your needs third!).
When you humble yourself before a holy and righteous God, you will assuredly experience who is worthy of all praise and honor (and I promise you it’s not going to be you!). This eternal perspective is the right outlook to have on parenting. Anything less will exalt you and the needs of your family above God. And before you know it, you’re raising a bunch of idolaters, rather than worshippers of God.
You want to do what’s right for your family? Then you must love God more than your family!
Be encouraged to live out these words of Christ: “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matt. 6:33).