By Cindy Puhek on November 04, 2012
Am I raising my children to be “human doings” or “human beings”? Often my “To Do” looks something like this:
1, Train children to be world class athletes.
2. Train children to be world class musicians.
3. Make sure children make a top score on the SAT.
4. Have children participate in noteworthy service projects.
5. Teach daughters to sew and do other home crafts.
6. Participate and hopefully win many competitions.
I could go on, but I think you get the picture. All of these activities and goals are praiseworthy and most will serve my children well. But if these become my top priorities, I will miss out on what’s most important. All the prizes and accolades my children might win mean less than nothing if my children do not love the Lord their God with all their hearts, souls, minds, and strength, and love their neighbors as themselves. I know the goal of teaching my children to love is harder to fit on a “To Do” list than taking music lessons. Actually, loving God and others is not something parents can train their children to do. Transformation is required and only God can change naturally selfish human hearts into hearts that are channels of His love. So perhaps my “To Do” list ought to look like this:
1. Learn to love my children with God’s love, unselfishly.
2. Dedicate my children to God daily. Admit to God daily my helplessness and complete dependence on Him.
3. Cry out to God and ask Him to sanctify my children through His Word.
4. Read God’s Work with my children and memorize it so we can meditate on it.
5. Read biographies of Christians who demonstrated loving God and others wholeheartedly.
6. Ask God to give me eyes to see His love flowing through my children and reserve my highest praise for these unselfish acts