In five weeks, I’ll be a father. This responsibility brings a host of emotions. I feel excited, happy, appreciative, scared, and unsure of what to expect.
I had great parents who modeled many of the virtues I want to teach my son. They were hard working, humble, loving, and family focused. Their example to me will prove essential as I begin parenting.
Although my parents were great, they were not perfect. I’m not perfect. No one is perfect. So I cannot expect to be a perfect parent because no one is perfect. We are all sons and daughters of our original parents, Adam and Eve. And as you know, they had their problems too.
The only perfect parent is God. He is a perfect Father to us. He does not have bad days. He is not rude or selfish. He is 100% perfect in His moral goodness.
And God is also the perfect parent of our children. He raises them. He watches over them. He cares for them.
The psalmist writes of God’s parenting responsibilities:
If the Lord does not build a house,
then those who build it work in vain.
If the Lord does not guard a city,
then the watchman stands guard in vain.
It is vain for you to rise early, come home late,
and work so hard for your food.
Yes, he can provide for those whom he loves even when they sleep.
Yes, sons are a gift from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb is a reward.
Sons born during one’s youth
are like arrows in a warrior’s hand.
How blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!
They will not be put to shame when they confront enemies at the city gate. (Psalm 127:1-5 NET)
The Lord controls our lives and the lives of our kids. We can work hard but it is God’s work that matters. We can try our best with parenting but it is God’s work that brings positive change in our children’s lives. He is the perfect parent.
(I want to thank Wayne Stiles for teaching me about how God plays an important part in parenting children.)
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