Parents, you are more than a taxi driver, cook, housecleaner, and financial provider.
Remember your Creator while you are young. Your old age is coming when you will have many troubles. Ecclesiastes 12:1
As depressing as this verse sounds, the truth lies in this simple fact: life gets harder the older you get; will your child be ready for it?
He won’t if all you are doing is cooking, taxiing, cleaning up after, and paying the bills for your family.
The honest truth is that what you are doing today matters way more than the simple tasks you do daily. You are not just feeding, clothing, and educating your kids, you are giving them a foundation that they will tap into for the rest of their lives.
A couple of weeks ago, I met with a group of women who I hadn’t seen for over 20 years. I used to know them when they was in high school and my husband and I were in youth work in our 20s.I mentored these girls through high school and although I knew at the time that we were making an impact on young lives, I didn’t realize until two weeks ago just how big that impact was.
These women are all around 47 now, busy moms and wives. As we talked, they reminded me that as teens, they observed our marriage and our home and at the time didn’t really comprehend what they were seeing. Not until they became wives and moms did those pictures from their high school days come back to them. Through our example, they saw what a marriage and family were supposed to look like because some of them didn’t see it modeled healthily in their own homes. Our influence in their lives filled in that gap.
WOW. That blows me away. Because, you see, we really didn’t comprehend the impact we were having. We were just loving kids and being family to them, not truly understanding the lifelong influence we would have on their lives.
That’s what parents do. That’s what YOU do. It is so important for you to sow a solid foundation of character in your child because someday he will look back to that and understand what he saw. And he will use it to cope in his own life as he grows up, marries and starts a family.
Don’t ever settle for just being a taxi driver, housecleaner, cook, and provider. Be a soul-shaper and give your kids a foundation that they will draw from the rest of their lives.