How do you raise Godly Children in an Ungodly World?
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6 KJV)
My son has basically been raised in the church his entire life. He even attended Christian school until his freshman year in high school. As a freshman in high school, he wanted a new start so he pleads to attend a public high school. After the first semester his grades began to suffer, and after the first year I didn’t even recognize him anymore, he totally changed. He started listening to music that we didn’t allow in our home. He became rebellious, defiant, rude and disrespectful.
Through the course of his transformation, my husband and I still disciplined him accordingly. We continued to take him to church and prayed for him and with him daily. We finally decided to take him to the Youth Pastor for counseling. At that time I was weary, asking God for direction and blaming myself all at the same time. What did I do wrong? Where did I fail him? I began to question if I was a good parent or not. God then spoke to me, My role as a parent is to train him up in God’s Word.
“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in discipline and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4 NIV).
I am to pray for him. I am to teach him how to pray. I am to teach him how to spend time with God daily. I am to teach him what God’s word says about him. Most of all I am to teach him that God loves him, died for him and wants a personal relationship with him. Now, I’m not perfect and there are days when I totally fail, but God doesn’t ask for perfection. He wants us as parents to set the foundation and He’ll do the rest.
Now my son has a flourishing relationship with God. It’s amazing to see him share his testimony with other kids. He’s leading other kids to God and he’s active in youth ministry. It’s wonderful to see the Godly man that he has become. It wasn’t easy. It took prayer, patience, discipline, motivation, instruction, consistency and love.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:5-9 NIV)
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Written by AV. Hall