Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. – 1 Peter 5:2 – 3
For the past few months, my husband and I have been reading through Dr. James Dobson’s daily devotional “Night Light for Parents”, which focuses on different parenting themes each week. Some weeks we feel like we are doing a decent job in raising our children; other weeks we feel like we are failing miserably. It is hard not to get discouraged during those times that we question our ability as parents. Reading this verse from 1 Peter, though, brings me a sort of peace in knowing that we are not alone in our journey as parents.
Several years ago Pastor Ed gave a sermon where he talked about our church being a family. A few weeks later we were meeting friends from church for dinner. On the way there our son, Owen, was saying how excited he was to be seeing them, and added, “but they’re not friends, they’re really family.” Moments like this bring me great comfort in the realization that there is an entire extended family that my children have in the church to help guide and mentor them as they grow in their Christian faith. It also helps reinforce the importance of my children growing up in the church. Hearing Owen make the connection between what he heard during a church sermon and his personal life had a profound impact on me as a parent.
Proverbs 22:6 says “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” With our children growing up in today’s society, which seems to have fewer and fewer Christian ideals, it is more important than ever that we come together as a church family to make sure that we instill those values we know will put them on the right path. It is our responsibility to help our children know right from wrong, not as popular culture today defines it, but as the Bible does. We are foolish if we think we can do this on our own; it is necessary as a church family that we lean on each other and help guide all of his flock.
OPPORTUNITY – SUNDAY SCHOOL STARTS THIS WEEK: This year we will be studying Chip Ingram’s video series Effective Parenting in a Defective World. Regardless of what stage of life you are in (parent, grandparent, empty-nester, considering having children someday) we would love to have you. Mary Louise Thomas will also be a guest speaker throughout the year, sharing her experiences and advice as both a parent and grandparent. We hope to see you!
In Christ’s Love,