There is great satisfaction in a job well done. Yet one of the greatest sources of joy for Christians is to be found in doing a job that seems to never end, being a parent. No matter how old our children get they will always be our kids. We never stop loving them, caring about them, occasionally worrying about them and praying for them.
Even after we’ve gone home to be with the Lord we will continue to impact our children’s lives, who they are, how they act and react and how they raise their own kids. Our greatest hope concerning our kids is that they live a life that is pleasing to God.
Solomon addressed a great deal of his wisdom in the book of Proverbs to his children. He hoped to impart a strong belief in the importance of revering or fearing God and of allowing the Lord to direct every step his children would take. And he did so consciously and directly. Solomon didn’t beat around the bush; he didn’t merely hope that his children would see his example and somehow figure out how to follow it.
No, Solomon told them specifically “Do” or “Don’t do” certain things. And he always told them why, what behavior not pleasing to God would ultimately lead to. He also shared with them, and us, why he cared so much and what his ultimate goal was.
“My son, if our heart is wise, my own heart also will be glad; and my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right. Do not let your heart envy sinners, but live in the fear of the Lord always. Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.” Proverbs 23:15 – 18
When we’re straight forward with our children, no matter their age, about the importance of serving God, and when reinforce our words with our actions, we’re giving them the foundation they need to build a life that is pleasing to God. And for parents that is the greatest joy.