“I hope your children don’t disappoint you.”

9 April 2013
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9 April 2013, Comments: Comments Off on “I hope your children don’t disappoint you.”

Someone said this to me, jokingly, last week.  However, I have heard people say this of our children when discussing  how much time we spend with them or on them.    They are referring to the sacrifices and disciplines we have concerning the raising of the children.  People have told us we are too strict, we have them in too many activities, or we make too many sacrifices to accommodate them.

I actually find it rather insulting because it really is not about our children disappointing us as much as it about us disappointing them.   There are so many intricate components of parenting that we will surely miss many of them.

However, what we will not do is sacrifice their sanity by acting a fool in the home.

We will not sacrifice their education by refusing to keep a reasonable routine which supports adequate sleep, healthy mealtimes, regular exercise, and efficient study habits.

We will not sacrifice their spiritual growth by lying in bed on Sunday morning, neglecting family devotion time and missing youth night on Monday evening.

We will not sacrifice their ability to love by talking to them as if they are trash or a dog on the street.

We will not sacrifice their sense of community by supporting selfishness and civic ignorance.

And we will not sacrifice their sense of family by allowing them to eat dinner while watching hours of television or play video games.

With the blessing of children, God expects us to raise them and provide for them according to His word.   He does not sacrifice our eternity because he loves us.  Why are we sacrificing our children?  They do not stand a chanSe if we fail them.  There are so many opportunities afforded people today but society is creating an abundance of youth who have a destructive sense of entitlement or slouches who have little motivation to move  beyond mediocrity.    Parents, stand up and raise your children.

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