As I prayed for my daughter’s day at school on my way home today (she went into her class with a smile today, hooray!), the thought occured to me: the goal of parenting is to glorify God.
I know that seems obvious, but what sunk in with me was that there’s a difference between that and raising a godly child. If the goal of parenting is to raise a godly child, then where does that leave parents who do raise their children in a loving, Christ-centered environment, and their children still make bad – sometimes even devastating – choices? (Kent Whitaker comes to mind). Have those parents failed or missed the point? Absolutely not. The glimmer of hope left in those situations is that God can still be glorified. In the decisions they make. In the way they unconditionally love. In both the grace and the discipline they provide. In the way it shapes their own relationship with God.
My goal in parenting is to glorify God with my actions. Hopefully, I will have the blessing of a well-mannered child who trusts in Jesus as her Savior and walks closely with him all the days of her life. But that’s a side benefit, not the object of my parenting.
How about you? How has this concept shaped the way you parent?