The shortest distance between two points is a straight line.
The shortest distance between children’s hearts and Christ is their parents (Deut. 6:6-9).
From the beginning of creation, God designed the world to operate through parents raising children, who then become parents who raise their children, etc. Modern societies spend countless hours and dollars attempting to transform current generations into upstanding citizens. Yet God’s design places them into the care of people who are relationally and emotionally in the best situation to protect them, teach them, and introduce them to Him.
- They are blessed to listen to you pray thanksgiving for their food.
- They are blessed to see you show affection to your spouse.
- They are blessed to interrupt your quiet personal study of God’s Word.
- They are blessed to notice your graceful and calm response to difficulties at work.
- They are blessed to discuss perplexing spiritual questions while you’re in the car.
- They are blessed to ask you about sensitive and embarrassing things they hear at school.
- They are blessed to cry on your shoulder when you tell them about death, pain, and loss.
- They are blessed to observe that your commitment to the Lord guides your every decision.
- They are blessed to approach God’s throne while you tuck them into bed each night.
- They are blessed to receive the discipline you lovingly provide.
- They are blessed to hear your words of praise more often than words of correction.
- They are blessed to witness your example of service to the Lord and others.
- They are blessed not just to have someone. They are blessed to have you.
The ugly side of this blessing is that parents are also the shortest distance from their child’s heart to hypocrisy, apathy, resentment, and rebellion. Each day’s decisions are building something in their hearts. You have the opportunity to ensure what it is.