The Lost Children
Behold, children are a
heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. —Psalm 127:3
On the day the US lost one
of its most respected presidents, my wife and I celebrated the birth of our
first grandchild. Gerald R. Ford died the day Eliana Ruth was born to our
daughter Lisa and her husband, Todd. She came into the world in a hospital
about a mile from where President Ford is now buried.
If Eliana lives to be the
same age as President Ford when he died, she will live into the 22nd century! I
wonder what mark this little girl will make on the world—and what kind of
society she and her peers will experience.
Each child born into this
world has potential for godliness and even greatness. The traits today’s
children need to guide a future society do not come by accident, but through
diligent, godly parenting.
God’s Word calls us to
point children to Jesus (Mark 10:14-16). We are to instruct them in God’s ways
(Deut. 6:4-9), discipline them toward godliness (Prov. 19:18), and love them
unconditionally (Luke 15:11-32). Imagine what Eliana’s world can be like if the
parents of her generation dedicate themselves to godly parenting.
Are you a parent? Teach
your children godliness, faith, and uncommon love. Then, when they influence
their world, they will reveal God to a new generation. —Dave
To guide your children on
the right way, you must go that way yourself.