A Parent’s Responsibility

“I’m so excited that I had a part on September McCarthy’s launch team for “Why Motherhood Matters“! This article was inspired by the book. Learn more about “Why Motherhood Matters,” and read my book review here.

As I read September’s book, the one thing that really stood out to me was how every family has to decide their foundation for training. My husband, Mike, and I have three children, ages 15, 13, and 11, and I can say without a doubt that for our family, our foundation for training is God’s Word.
 

 

TEACH GOD’S WORD

As a young mom, I became burdened with my responsibility as a parent to teach our children the truth of God’s Word, the foundation of who we are. I wanted to be diligent as well as implement something into our daily lives, where we read God’s Word and had a time of prayer.

When my children were younger, I knew that my husband often had meetings or needed to travel, so I began the nightly routine around reading the Bible and praying with our children. For the first few years, we used The Action Bible. Then as they got older, we began reading different books of the Bible.

In October 2012, I was challenged to begin reading through the Bible with them from Genesis to Revelations, which we did and finished four years and three months later. The next day, we all agreed, “It is time to begin in Genesis again and work our way through the Bible!” 

Teaching the truth of God’s Word cannot be limited to our family devotions.

God’s Word is and has to be our foundation, and therefore, we have to be proactive at taking any and every opportunity that we can in every day life to teach God’s Word as well.

Parents, we are responsible to teach the truth of God’s Word to our children.

LIVE IT OUT

Let’s be diligent in teaching the truth of God’s Word, and live it out. These two things have to go together. If I just teach, my words are just air and quite frankly, useless, because everything I do, my children are watching. When I teach them God’s view of marriage and family, my own marriage and family have to reflect God’s Word. This goes for everything in life. 
I cannot only teach the importance of loving God and others, trusting Him in every circumstance, serving others, forgiving those who have hurt me, and other truths from God’s Word. I have to live it out in front of them.

Parents, we have to live it out – God’s Word – so that our children see Christ in us. 

Stay with me, dear parent. I know that this a huge responsibility to teach God’s Word and live it out, because I am right there with you. Yet, our God will give us the wisdom we need to raise our children for His honor and glory. 

EQUIP YOUR CHILDREN

Now, comes the part where we have to equip our children to do exactly the same. I want to see my children digging into God’s Word for themselves, but I cannot make them do it.

Equipping is a process. It doesn’t happen in a day. It takes time, love, and patience as we equip them to build their own firm foundation on God’s Word.

Thankfully, I don’t have to feel burdened that I “might be” missing or forgetting something, because as I remain faithful to teach God’s Word, live it out, and equip my children to do the same, God uses my life (and other fellow believers) as a living testimony. 

Parents, we have to equip our children to study God’s Word and live it out for themselves. 

EMPOWER THEM 

Equipping has to lead to empowering, because it is my heart’s desire to:
 Produces leaders, not followers. – Craig Groeschel
I learned recently in a podcast that to truly empower my children, it requires me to release control and give them freedom to make godly decisions; applaud them when they make wise decisions and come alongside and guide when they have made bad ones; confront them when what they have done (or are doing) doesn’t line up with God’s Word; and most of all, be willing to let them to make mistakes. 
We empower people [our children] through clarity and trust. We must be clear on the what and the why, but not the how. Trust those you empower with the how. – Craig Groeschel  
Empowering my children has come in various forms from a child making brownies their way to hanging up the laundry on the clothes line. I have found more joy on their part when I have allowed them the privilege and honor to make their own decisions on the how and do not demand they do it my way. 
When you delegate tasks, you create followers, but when you delegate authority, you create leaders. – Craig Groeschel
Recently, our oldest was doing an assignment about the freedom that he would have as a new driver. During our conversation together, we boiled it down too what his dad had just said a week earlier,
Making decisions is a part of being a driver as well as part of in every daily life. Now is the time to make wise decisions. – Mike Goddard

Parents, we have to empower our children to be leaders – to make their own decisions and pray that those decisions are wise ones and line up with the truth of God’s Word.  


Build your foundation on Christ and His Word! Teach it to your children, live it out in front of them, and equip them in order to empower them to do the same.  


Read my Book Review: Why Motherhood Matters

As a mom for 25 years who continues to raise young children and love her young adults, September imparts words of wisdom and grace in key areas of Christian parenting, including faith, education, and relationships. Buy “Why Motherhood Matters today. #whymotherhoodmatters

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