Keep Your Eye on the Prize

Psalm 127:3-5  Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb is a reward. 4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. 5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate.

My wife and I have four grown children.  Three of our children are married and have given us, to date, 5 grandchildren.  I can personally affirm the truth of this passage.  Our children have been the greatest joy and reward of our service and commitment to God for now more than thirty-three years.  They continue to be a blessing to us as we observe their conduct as adults. 

 As they were growing up Jan and I sought to input God’s principles into them both by training and by example.  Our home was not perfect by any means but our effort to impart our love for God to our children was uncompromised even though it was flawed by our imperfections.  It was hard work and required faith and dependence upon God.

I can tell you though that what God has done and continues to do in our children as they now make choices to live uncompromised lives for God and as they train and model their own love for God to their children is the greatest joy and blessing Jan and I can describe.  We watch God’s hand at work and it motivates our praying.  It stimulates our response of thanksgiving on a daily basis to God for His work in the little and big things we see in our children’s and grand-children’s lives.

The reason I write this is as reminder and an encouragement to every parent that is working to form God’s character in their children that there is a prize that awaits.  Some days you wonder if it is worth all the effort to parent.  Some days you wonder if your children are even getting it.  Don’t lose heart but keep your eye on the prize.  The full reward for your work comes after many years of diligent effort.  But oh how rich it is one day to be able to declare with honor to God that a partnership with Him has overcome the work of the enemy intended to sabotage your children’s love and service for Him and has produced warriors able and strong assuming their role in His kingdom.

Keep your eye on the prize!

Published in: on October 27, 2007 at 2:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

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