Results of Parenting
This final section is different from the objective section because it has to do with pros and cons for parents. The benefits of parenting done well and the ramifications of parenting done poorly. I’m going to fire through several proverbs, offering brief commentary along the way.
Proverbs 10:1 says, “A wise son makes a father glad, but a foolish son is a grief to his mother.”
Here we see both the pro and the con. The first being gladness and the latter being the grief experienced if our children act foolishly.
Likewise, Proverbs 15:20 says, “A wise son makes a father glad, but a foolish man despises his mother.”
There is one distinction here from the previous verse, it is what the child does when he (or she) is fully grown. Notice it says the foolish ‘man’ despises his mother. A refusal to train our children in the way they should go will result in their rejection of us later, and we shouldn’t be surprised.
Proverbs 17:21, 25 “He who sires a fool [does so] to his sorrow, and the father of a fool has no joy. A foolish son is a grief to his father and bitterness to her who bore him.”
Sounds awful right? Well let’s look at the positive side; Proverbs 23:24-25 says, “The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice, and he who sires a wise son will be glad in him. Let your father and your mother be glad, and let her rejoice who gave birth to you.”A refusal to train our children in the way they should go will result in their rejection of us later, and we shouldn't be surprised. Click To Tweet
As I said earlier, in the end, after all the sports games are done, and all the report cards are filed away, the integrity of our children is all that remains. The quality of our arrows. The ability they have to reflect God faithfully into their world. Teaching them well leads to rejoicing. Teaching them that this integrity is most important, will lead them to honor us as parents.
The purpose of parenting is to mold and shape image-bearers. The vision we cast must be God’s vision for a wise world. The curriculum we use is the Word of God and all that conforms to it. The method of training we employ should include both the rod and reproof. And finally, the fruit we harvest will include joy and honor for us as parents. So let’s end where we started.The purpose of parenting is to mold and shape image-bearers. Click To Tweet The family vision we cast must be God’s vision for a wise world. Click To Tweet The curriculum we use for parenting is the Word of God and all that conforms to it. Click To Tweet The method we use to train our children should include both the rod and reproof. Click To Tweet The fruit we harvest from parenting done well will include joy and honor for us as parents. Click To Tweet
“Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; for He gives to His beloved even in his sleep. Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; they will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.” – Psalm 127:1-5
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