PARENTING IS A VERB—CHOOSING TO BE A GREAT PARENT
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Parenting is a Verb—Choosing to be a Great Parent
It’s fairly easy to have the title of “parent.” Men and women were told in Genesis 1:28 to be fruitful, and for the most part, people of the world have been. This is in no way meant to make light of those who struggle in this area. But, as a noun, it’s not that big of a deal.
What’s difficult for many people is when “parent” becomes a verb. The title is one thing but when it changes to the verb, that implies action on our part. We need to be involved and we need to do something. That’s hard work.
Think of it this way. There are some monarchs alive today who only are royalty because they have inherited a title. They don’t govern anything. They may do some ceremonial things, but in reality they are only people with a fancy title. King David in the Bible, however, was an active King. He led his soldiers into battle, he governed Israel and he passed on his kingdom to his son. His title led to action.
If we want to be good parents, we need to step up. We need to transition from the title of parent to the action verb.
Read Genesis 2:18
- What does God tell Adam and Eve to do after “filling the earth and subduing it?”
Read Proverbs 1:8-9
- What is the benefit of a parent taking an active role with their kids?
Train up a Child
Author Kevin Lehman writes, “Training up a child means putting time and energy into teaching a the child acceptable behavior.”
Time and energy don’t imply just having a title. They imply stepping up.
When we make a decision to be a great parent, we make a decision to pour teaching into our children. Our actions, our preferences, our commitments and just our life are one kind of teaching. Another is the time we spend gently and lovingly instructing them. It may not be formal, but it’s taking advantage of those ordinary, teachable moments. Parents need to take every opportunity to influence their children. It will strongly contribute to their lives and decisions.
Read Proverbs 22:6
- What does it mean to you to “train up a child in the way he should go?”
Read Hebrews 12:5-6
- Does training involve discipline? How does it help children and parents grow and mature?
Parenting is an active responsibility. It’s not just a title. Parents are to impart wisdom and life teaching to their kids. From their maturing, struggles and suffering, parents can offer incredible insight and experience that will help the next generation get started right. Good and wise parents are those who are actively involved in their child’s life. They give guidance and direction. They make mistakes and ask for forgiveness. They are involved and that involvement is a gift to every child.
Read Proverbs 4:3-4
- What can you be thankful for as you consider what your parents taught you?
- What teaching, insights and wisdom are you offering your children?
- What can you do today to begin, or continue to be, a wise parent and train up your children?
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