Bayou City Women’s Everyday Conversations podcast and Everyday Sacred blog have teamed up this month for series on modern parenting. We want to raise our children with an end goal in mind, and protect and reach their hearts along the way. Whether or not you’re a mom, we hope this series encourages you to live into the believer’s call to discipleship and intentional living, and that it would be a sweet reminder that we are created for relationship.
Searching scripture for solid role models in child-rearing, I am hard-pressed to find a parental team who released God-following, Jesus-loving children into adulthood. That “A” team that did it all right and reveals ageless truth in the process. Nope. Not there.
There may be some brief glimpses (like Obed, David, John the Baptist, Jesus, or Timothy), but no list of how-to’s or don’t do’s to embrace and follow. No check list. No biblical self-help guru to cheer me on. And I’m not sure that it isn’t by design. God’s design to keep us close. Close to him.
I don’t know of any relationship I have that has sent me asking, seeking and knocking on the doors of heaven more than being a parent.
“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God,” says James, and I reply with, “Yep, need that. Lots of that.” Asking. (James 1:5)
Agreeing with the psalmist: “Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow.” And I ask, “Next steps please?” Seeking. (Psalm 25:4)
“But I tell you this … if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence.” “Jesus, yes”, erupting through a despairing whisper. “I get it. Shameless Persistence. Help me to not give up.” Knocking. (Luke 11:8)
In that pursuit, in the privilege of asking, seeking and knocking, he draws me to himself and teaches me. Guides me. Encourages me. In such a beautiful way. Out of his loving-kindness for me, I have loved my children and launched them and continue to love them and to love their spouses and to love their children.
Without it (HIM and his loving-kindness), I am nothing.