If you’re like us, you want your children to have some of the things you didn’t have when you were growing up. And you certainly don’t want them to make the same mistakes you did. Put another way, you want them to have a better life, to live a better life.
Do you worry about the social and financial status of your children? Many parents worry about their children going to the “best” schools, living in the “best” neighborhood, meeting the “right” people for the connections needed to get ahead. Dreaming about bettering your children’s lives is not a bad thing. You definitely should want to make sure your children are properly educated and develop self-discipline and self-motivation. And you should want your children to succeed and contribute positively to society and their future families. But you should never desire these things at the expense of godly principles.
Focus your attention on living for God and trusting in His care. Then train your children in righteousness. Show them the way—and the why—of making choices that please God. In the words of Jesus,
Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well (Matthew 6:33 NIV).
Lord, remind us daily that when we put You first, You will take care of everything else—including our children.