A Nugget of Truth for Tired Parents

Doing parenting God’s way is hard work.  In fact, I often wonder when my wife and I get to the end of our lives if raising kids will have been the hardest thing we ever did.  We have a responsibility to feed these children, clothe them, protect them, discipline them, teach them, share the gospel with them, model Christ-likeness to them, and, in short, seek to love them as God loves us.  These things you must do, and with a worshipful heart.  If we strive to do all of this (by God’s grace, of course), we will be exhausted… most of the time.

At that reality, you may be thinking that it’s not such a bad idea for five year-olds to start looking for work, cranking out a 9 to 5 gig to start pulling their weight.  But before you start coaching your kid on how to interview, be blessed by this verse from Proverbs:

Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart (29:17).

Now, we must understand that the book of Proverbs is not a book of promises, but rather a book of generalities (i.e. – this is what usually happens).  So, this is not a guarantee, but it is still meant to provide hope and incentive for us to keep up the good work.  According to this proverb, if you wear yourself out doing parenting God’s way, then, what usually happens is that God works through your parenting to develop your child in such a way that leaves them needing less of your labor and toil as a mom or dad.



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About Brent Osterberg

Ransomed sinner, husband to Keri, father to the kiddos three, associate pastor at Calvary Bible Church in Fort Worth, TX, and lover of most things epic. View all posts by Brent Osterberg

One response to “A Nugget of Truth for Tired Parents

  • lbtk

    Even though I have two who live on their own and are “adult” I find that I still parent them but from a different perspective. I feel like I pray for my children more now than I ever have. Sandy

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