I woke up this morning kind of early. So I went for a walk and listened to this sermon called Don't Waste Your Kids.
There are many things jumbled up in my brain on the topic of raising kids. I know I'm not alone- those of you who are parents would likely identify with my strong desire to raise children to the glory of God. But I often get sidetracked with the benefits rather than the ultimate goal, i.e. just wanting good behavior rather than a heart that loves God and is submitted to Him.
It all requires so much attention and consistency! I'd rather just say things once, pray once, discipline once... viola- kids who love God!
The sermon that I was listening to underscored something I've been thinking about for awhile. If my kids are to learn to be wise, then I must include them on my own walk in wisdom. Let them be in the company of the wise rather than in the company of fools. Keep them close to me even while our culture sends a clear message that they will not be properly socialized that way. Instruct my kids as they work, play and learn alongside me, not the other way around. Keep them in the company of the wise.
That begs the question, "So, am I wise?"