When everything is said and done, the ultimate goal of parenthood is to prepare our children for adulthood. Everything we say and do from infancy to maturity is to get them ready for the day the move out of our homes. So today, I want to share three areas of focus when raising our children.
We need to prepare our children academically. We have all heard the old saying, “knowledge is Power!” I think the Bible says it best in Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” In other words, when we fail to make education a priority in our homes, we set our kids up for failure. I think it’s also important to acknowledge the fact that each child is different. Every child has their own distinct strengths and weaknesses. Each child has their own explicit God given gifts and talents. Our job as a parent is to help them discover and develop their God given skill-set.
We need to prepare our children socially. We need to teach our children that the world doesn’t revolve around them. In fact, we need to teach them from an early age how to share, wait their turn, and to be kind to others. The Bible says in Romans 12:18, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Developing our child’s social skills also means teaching them how to communicate effectively without shouting or becoming overly aggressive. Developing your child’s social skills helps to prepare them for a lifetime of healthier interactions with the people they encounter.
We need to prepare our children spiritually. Jesus asked the question in Mark 8:36, “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” Parents, our goal is not only to teach our children academics and social skills, we must also teach them who God is and how to establish a meaningful relationship with Him. We must teach them the importance of impacting this world for the cause of Christ. Parents keep in mind, our children are the church of tomorrow, but they are in training today.
Yes, our primary responsibility is to prepare our children for adulthood. We are here to prepare them academically, socially, and spiritually. So they will ultimately grow up to be well rounded, productive citizens, who love God. I leave you today with Proverbs 22:6, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Blessings!!!
Pastor Cornell Maltbia is senior pastor at True Holiness Saints Center in Conway. He serves on various nonprofit boards throughout his tenure of community service. For more information or to contact Maltbia, log onto trueholiness.net.