As a parent, we are faced with so many choices that impact the raising of our children and their future. I believe all of us face the pressure as parents to do the right thing for our children. I ran across something that Dr. Glen Schultz wrote a few years back that provides a great perspective on choosing what is best for our children. His wisdom in choosing not what is good for our children but what is best goes as follows:
Seek not what is important, but what is essential.
Seek not glamour, but godliness.
Seek not a place that gives your children opportunities to socialize; seek first that which gives your children opportunities for servanthood.
Seek not to increase their fun; seek to increase their faith.
Seek not tools to make them rich; seek first to give them tools to make them righteous.
Seek not what makes your kids happy; seek first what makes your kids holy.
Seek first the Kingdom of heaven and His righteousness, and then sit back and claim God's promise that every single thing your children need to fulfill God's perfect plan for their lives will be given unto them.
As parents, my wife and I many years ago chose Christian education for our children as something that we believe is God's best for their spiritual and academic development. God has continually blessed this decision in our lives over the years and returned to us so much more in who our children are in Christ than we could have ever imagined. I pray the wisdom from Dr. Schultz will be a blessing to you as you parent your children and make the difficult choices that you make on behalf of your children each day.
Finally, God has once again reminded me these last few weeks through Operation Care of how special the Metrolina community truly is. Our school community teaming up with First Baptist Indian Trail raised $190,000 worth of non-perishable food and baby items that have gone to help needy families throughout Union County. I praise God for how all of you have helped to feed and show the love of Jesus to those less fortunate in our community.
I came across a great quote the other day that got me thinking. The quote came from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and it goes as follows: "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." These words challenged my heart and got me thinking about whom and what should define us in our everyday walk whether it is good times or not so good times.
The very next day God drew me to Joshua, Chapter One to give me clear direction on how I should stand and live this life. As I studied this passage, I received such encouragement from the Lord. No matter what I am dealing with or how discouraged I may be, His Word reignites my passion for what He has called me to do with my life.
In this passage of scripture, the Lord gives us an incredible map for life with three coordinates that can give us hope for the journey.
1. Be strong and take courage: We have His promise. –Joshua 1:6
2. Be strong and take courage: We have His Word. – Joshua 1: 7-8
3. Be strong and take courage: We have His presence. – Joshua 1:9
First, God promises strength, courage, and to make a way for us if we will run to Him. Next, He also gives us His Word as the Psalmist declares in Psalm 119:105 as "a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."
Finally, He makes an incredible promise in Joshua 1:9 which declares:"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be discouraged; for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."Earlier in Joshua 1:5, He told Joshua "just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you."
In our fast paced world, we all need a map to give us the right direction or we can get twisted and turned and moving in directions that are not good for us. The first chapter of Joshua gives us strong direction for our daily lives. I do not know what you may be facing today but I pray the truth of Joshua will encourage and stir your heart like it has mine.
I praise God today that we can take heart because through Him we can be strong and courageous!