My greatest fear as a parent is not
that my kids might have trouble with these issues:
- premarital sex
- peer pressure
- marriage to the wrong person
- foolish decisions
- that they will turn away from the faith
My greatest fear as a parent echos the words of Psalm chapter 69, verse 6…
D of hosts; let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me, O God of Israel.
I fear that I might somehow lead my children astray…
- By living a poor example of a Christ-follower.
- By something I say that wounds them deeply.
- By patterns in how I treat them that could foster bitterness in their heart.
- By some failing in my life that brings shame to the family or the name of Christ.
And that kind of fear can be a good thing for a parent to have…
It’s one of the reasons that I have a personal time with the LORD each morning.
It’s one of the things that motivates me to work on my own defensiveness and impatience.
It’s one of the reasons I continually ask the Spirit of God to kill the pride in my life.
Not only is my relationship with the LORD precious enough that I want to make sure I’m not offending Him, I’m also aware, almost minute by minute, that I am one of the most influential people in the lives of my children.
Think about that for a minute.
If you are a parent, you are one of the most influential people in your child’s life.
That’s a heavy responsibility that SHOULD strike fear into your heart.
So I invite you to join me in praying this prayer in regard to your children everyday,