One of the easy traps for parents to fall into is having shortsighted goals for their children.
- If I can just make it through today… (particularly in the preschool years)
- My child’s greatest problem is to change _______ behavior.
- If he can just make a higher grade…
- If she could just have more friends…
While it is good to make it through another day(!) and behavior, grades, and friends do matter, 3 John 4 gives one of the greatest goals any Christian parent can hold: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”
This is a long-term goal—that your children would set a lifelong direction of walking in the truth.
By the grace of God, Terrie and I can personally attest to the joy of having children who not only walk with the Lord, but are actively pursuing Him and serving Him. We thank the Lord that all four of our adult children are loving and serving the Lord with their spouses.
What helps set the direction for your children on the path of walking in the truth? Here are a few things we’ve learned over the years through our family life and through counseling hundreds of other families.