Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A Godly Vision For Your Child


God has a great plan for each child's life. He wants to be glorified in each life He creates. He wants each life to experience the richness He has designed for it. Do we as parents have a vision for our children to guide them to the fullness of God's design for them? Or are we focused on worldly goals?

We as parents can lead our children very far from God's plan for them. We can lead them astray, or we can lead them to God and closer to His purposes for them.

 We have to pray constantly for God's wisdom about our children. We need to pray He reveals to us our children's God given talents, who they are and how to train them in the way they should go. Each child is so unique that we must pray for God's unique wisdom pertaining to how to best guide that child. 

Each persons life will reach it's fullest potential in Christ when they fulfill what God intended for them, when He lives in their hearts and they accept Him.

Let's be in prayer daily as parents for wisdom to be the parent God needs us to be. To show our children God. Guide them in their talents and help them focus on who they are uniquely created to be. 

We have visions and goals for a lot of things in our life. We need to have them for our children too. When they are 30, 40, 50, what do you want for them? Do you want them to be walking in God's truth and fulfilling God's perfect design for them? Or are you only focused on their academic or sports successes?

It takes diligence, discipline and commitment on our part to pray for our children every day and guide them every day. We need God's help in this. Our focus cannot waver on who they need to be in Christ. If we wash our hands of our responsibilities we are not doing our God given duty as a parent. We will stand before God one day and give an account of our shepherding the life of the little ones God entrusted to us.

Maybe you don't have small children anymore. Maybe you have come to know Christ or grown in Christ and you regret how you raised your children. It's not late. Whether they are 20 or 55, pray for them now. Pray that whatever relationship you have with them now that you will be able to see them live in the fullness of their life in Christ. Pray for repentance for your own mistakes in not leading them as you should have, and ask for God's guidance for their future.

When we as parents step up to our God ordained roles, we help our children know how to grow up and step into theirs. Our children then go on to teach their children and grandchildren. It affects each generation. It is of utmost importance that we diligently show our children Christ and pray for clear visions of their futures.

If you are being lazy in this area with your children, pray for God's strength, energy and discipline to come into your life so you can follow God in your parenting.

We know how much we love our children as parents. We can only imagine how much more God loves them. We should hope as parents for God to guide us, to show us His great plan for them and to be the best vessel we can be to guide them to glorify God and live the abundant life He has for them. The life God has planned for them is far greater than we as parents could ever plan for them or imagine.

 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
-Jeremiah 29:11

 "For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them." Psalm 139:13-16

"Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart." Proverbs 29:17

 "What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?  And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish." Matthew 18:12-14

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