Did you know that children come with an instruction manual? Are you reading it?
The moment that brand-new baby was placed in your arms you probably had two emotions:
1. Absolute, riveting, soul-wrenching love.
Children are so precious. They are a gift from the Lord.
We love that little one before he or she even makes their grand entrance.
But they can scare us to death by the sheer enormity of the task of keeping them alive.
And then, to make it worse, we have to TRAIN them.
It would be different if they came with an instruction manual.
Well, guess what?
The Word of God.
No, the Bible doesn't give us all the specific answers to those oodles of debated questions like:
If you think parenting has cookie-cutter answers, think again. But God has given us His Word and He expects us to:
Unfortunately, people don't.
But we can and should.
Because when it comes to parenting, there are several things the Word of God has told us to do.
We are commanded to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4)
We are encouraged to inspire unfeigned faith by our own example. (II Timothy 1:5)
We are reminded that our mission is to teach them the Word of God, which is able to:
God will give grace and wisdom for the task before us.
So live with that mission!
Laura Berrey and her husband Tim are missionaries with Gospel Fellowship Association. They share a passion for missions which has taken them to several countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe. They currently minister in the Philippines.