27 Jan, 2012

Developing a Parenting Vision Part 2- Start with God.

If we decide to parent with a destination in mind, how do we pick where we would like to see our children end up?

In order to develop a vision for parenting, we must start with God. Everything begins with God. Without Him, there is nothing. No life. No vision for how we should live or raise our children to live.

 

No one created God. He has always been and will always be.

Revelation 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God,  “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

 

He created everything out of nothing.

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created…

 

He created us…

Psalm 139:13-15 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.

…with a purpose,

Psalm 139:16b All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

 

…for this time in history.

Acts 17:26 From one man He made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He determined the times set  for them and the exact places where they should live.

 

We are created to bring glory to God.

Isaiah 43:7 “…everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”

I Corinthians 10:31 Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine among men that they may see your good deeds and give glory to your Father in heaven.

 

God wants us to know Him through Christ.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 17 24-26 Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them. (Jesus’ prayer)

 

God blesses us with children.

Psalm 127:3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

 

God created our children with purpose, for this time in history, to know Him personally and bring glory to God- reflecting His character and goodness. 

Developing a vision for parenting must begin with God. Our great joy and calling is to help our children submit their lives to God and align their choices and actions with His Word.

So, what do you think?