Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is
old he will not depart from it.
I’m thankful for many things in my life, but never even close to as much and often as I should be. Today as my children wake up and fill me with joy… oh, I am so very thankful for them. They are are gift from God. Although they are our children (here for us to enjoy), they were and are His children first. We are entrusted with many responsibilities regarding providing and protecting, none being more important as training them up in the ways of the Lord. This fact has lately been on my heart in a very strong way. A friend shared a movie clip with me recently that summarizes how I feel better than I can express it. I’ll admit right now that it caused a tear (maybe 2) to slide down my cheek this morning.
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
“The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord, searching
all the inner depths of the heart.”
Drawing closer to God has recently become a priority in my life again. I know that I’m happiest when He is my primary focus, yet I seem to neglect this simple reality. It becomes more clear to me everyday how my relationship with Him affects my wife and children. As father and husband of this household, I have a special responsibility. “The righteous man walks in integrity; His children are blessed after him.” (Proverbs 20:7)
I want my children to be blessed after me, my wife needs to feel safe and protected. In order to become the “righteous” man that my family so desperately needs me to be, a renewing of my mind needs to take place. Romans 12:2 instructs us, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Are you prepared for the “testing that is required so that we may know…”
The scripture at the very beginning of this writing is Proverbs 20:27. When we desire God to reveal things in our life that are not of Him… Be ready. I’m so thankful that He is so loving when He reveals to me the inner depths of my heart. The revelation seems endless. It’s similar to buying a new car, rarely, if ever, do you notice how prevalent they are until you are driving it. Then you see your car all over the place, they were there all the time but we never took notice. It often seems to be like this with issues in our life.
Give it a try! Ask God to reveal something. Be open to allowing His lamp to search the depths of our hearts and bring light to what has been hidden. This is how we can renew our minds and come to know the perfect will of God in our lives. Is there anything better? Blessed is Best!