“Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged; parents are the pride of their children." Proverbs 17:6
Most of us have heard the saying that our children are our pride and joy. My daughters have brought pride and joy to the lives of my wife and myself. We have had the time of our lives being their parents. We have worked to create a loving and what I believe is a fun home. We also have tried to raise them in an atmosphere where Christ was exalted. Our goal has also been to give them a Godly legacy to pass to their children.
In addition, we want them to know that we will always love them, believe in them, and we will never give up on them. I ran across a quote some time ago that expresses how we hope that they will always feel about us: "A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty."- Ziad Abdelnour
We are proud of our children but I also want them to be proud of us as Proverbs 17:6 says above. The second part of that verse is what I am referring to here. We pray that our girls will be proud of us not for the jobs we may have had or some other accomplishment but because of what the Lord has done in our lives. We want them to be able one day to share with their children the glorious deeds that the Lord has done in our lives. May it be the prayer of our lives that our kids would see Jesus in us!
“The father of Godly children has cause for joy. What a pleasure to have children who are wise.” Proverbs 23:24
My wife and I were filled with joy when our children received Christ and it was also a day of joy when I had the privilege to baptize them. However, 3rd John 4 is right when it says: "There is no greater joy than to know that your children walk in truth." The greatest days for us were the days when it became clear to us that our children owned their faith. It was not ours, but it truly was their faith. I cannot begin to describe to you how much joy floods my heart when I see our girls living the Christian life with a passion and serving the Lord on their own initiative.
That joy is also present as we see them seek the Lord for their plans. It is a pleasure to see Godly wisdom develop in each of their lives. We have been blessed as parents to see our children walk in truth.
A few years ago, I let one of my daughters borrow “My Utmost for His Highest” by Oswald Chambers. After she had read it, I came into my office one day to find a note from her. The note said: “Are you so appreciative of the marvelous salvation of Jesus Christ that you are your utmost for His highest? Dad, this is a question that I have not been able to get out of my head. I am not sure I am, but I am going to be. God is really working in me!"
That note sums up what my wife and I have always desired for our children. There is no greater joy for us as parents than to know that our kids are doing all they can to be their utmost for His Highest!