When we think of parenting, we think of life’s ultimate challenge. A baby comes without an instruction manual, and with an eternal future to be spent somewhere. Nowhere in life are the stakes higher. We have all read of parents who set the path of their child’s life to be a quarterback or a left-handed pitcher or a world class tennis player or a top golfer or an Olympic gymnast—and the price that plan exacts. That is not necessarily bad or wrong. However, it falls sadly short of what touches eternity.
Once again, we need to have a game plan for our parenting, and it involves two great themes—modeling and bracketing. Paul addresses this critical theme in Ephesians 6:
And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.
The modeling part involves living Christ in front of your children so that they can see what a life for Christ looks like, and be drawn to it. The bracketing comes from giving kids handrails—discipline—to teach them where the danger is in life. They need desperately to see both in us. One key: don’t let anyone tell you that there are guarantees… we do our best and leave the outcomes to our God.
Join us tomorrow on Sports Spectrum radio as we take a further look at the need for a game plan for our parenting.
Bill Crowder, Sport Spectrum Chaplain