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.