Today children often learn more about life from the internet, their peers and the world than thefrom their immediate family. We’ve strayed as a nation from the truths of the Bible and our desires to create the “perfect world” for our children has gone off track.
Kids still look to their parents as role models, believe it or not. With that being said, what kind of legacy are we leaving behind? Some families consist of one parent, blended families, same sex parents, mixed messages, confusion, no rules and often no discipline. Some have the typical two parent family, but still they don’t have a common goal for their children.
Most folks will tell you they didn’t have a perfect childhood. Family secrets may include abuse, verbal, emotional or physical. Extra-marital affairs can destroy more than relationships between husband and wife. Many come under attack by the need to prosper or the hope to simply survive. Parents may suffer emotional scars from their own past, which are carried on from generation to generation.
So how do we fix this? Since we live in an imperfect world, there is really only one answer. We must return to God for guidance. The Bible is our handbook for life and is filled with many passages regarding parenting, but unless we put it into practice, it’s just another book collecting dust on the shelf. Here’s one verse for starters:?
Ephesians 6:4 – And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Remember also, that parents imperfect. The only real role model for your children is Jesus, Christ. He gave up His heavenly throne to take our place in death. Because of His love, we are forgiven.