Key Ingredient in Parenting

  • By Dr. Don Martin
  • Senior Pastor
  • February 13, 2015
The goal in raising children is to get them ready for tomorrow. You bring them home from the hospital in a car seat and diapers. But, you don't want them to stay in diapers. They graduate to pull-ups and then move toward caring for their own needs. They learn to walk and then to ride the bus to school and before you know it they are driving themselves to college. Smart parents know how to enjoy the moments and seasons of life experienced by their children. But, we keep one eye on the horizon so we can help them get ready for tomorrow. We encourage them to become involved in sports or music or drama and more because we know they will learn how to work as a team, how to take an idea from thought to action, and gain confidence and self-esteem. Faith in God is a key ingredient in helping our children get ready for tomorrow. Life is going to bring them moments and seasons of disappointment and frustration. They need faith in God to see it through to a better day. They are going to fall short and do things they know are hurtful and wrong. They are going to need the forgiveness found in Jesus Christ. They are going to need a moral compass that guides their life journey. These values and guiding stars are found in church and Bible and Sunday school and youth gatherings. We tend to discount these Sunday and Wednesday gatherings. They can be the moments when our children find exactly what they need to be ready for every tomorrow. They will get married one day. The person they choose to be will determine who they marry and you can bet your bottom dollar that this will impact their tomorrow and yours. Most parents regard faith in God and participation in church as an optional course. Or, they just let their kids dabble in faith along the way hoping they'll get enough to keep them on the straight and narrow. It doesn't work. Our children need and deserve to be helped onto the faith journey road.  It is our clear responsibility and we help them and our family when we embrace this privilege and responsibility. So, bring them to church and help them get ready for tomorrow. Christ is ready, willing and wanting to take them by the hand. He wants to be their Savior and Lord and once said, "Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them..." (Matthew 19:14) They remain little children until they are absolutely ready for whatever tomorrow brings to their door.