Just Ours for a While
“As parents, you may confidently rear your children according to God's Word. While bringing up your children, you are to remember that your children are not your ‘possessions’ but instead are the Lord's gift to you. You are to exercise faithful stewardship in their lives.”- John C. Broger
I recently discovered a trend on social media that happens each week called #TBT, otherwise known as “Throwback Thursday” where people post old pictures of themselves or family and friends. It has probably been going on a while and I did not realize it as I am not exactly what you would call on the cutting edge of social media trends. Nevertheless, I noticed on Instagram the other day that my daughter Katie had posted a picture of herself as a toddler. As I looked at that photo, I wondered where the time went. What happened to that little girl who is now a grown woman?
Years ago, my parents told me that your kids are just yours for a while. They went onto say that God has entrusted them to you for a short time, so make sure that you use that time wisely or as John Broger says to be good stewards of the time we have with them. Our role was always to lead them to Christ and to disciple them. In essence, we were entrusted by God to prepare them for what He had in store for their future and to also be prepared to pass our faith in God to our children.
As hard as it is sometimes to let go of our children as they grow up, I am reminded that my wife, Karen, and I have prayed for years that our girls would grow up developing a passion for God. We never wanted them to be an average everyday Christian who may just desire to live no worse than other Christians. We did not pray for them to have mediocrity in the Christian experience. I ran across a quote by C.S. Lewis that describes what I am trying to communicate.
“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for a bird to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.”- C.S. Lewis
Our desire as parents should be that we would nurture our kids in Christ so that when the time comes for them to fly away that they would soar for the Lord. I encourage you to stay faithful in your efforts to raise kids who will one day soar for the Kingdom!