Wednesday; June 5
As we roll through the graduation season, one question on a lot of people’s minds is “Did I make it?”. For our graduates that answer is found in their High School records – did they successfully pass enough classes to receive their diploma? This question can often be emotional, but the answer is usually straight-forward. While graduates have a cut and dried answer to their question, their parents are often left to ponder how they did – did they successfully raise their children? Unfortunately, the answer to this question is not always as clear as graduation requirements. So, how can parents tell if they succeeded in raising their children appropriately? One answer might come for the upbringing of Jesus where we are told, “And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” (Luke 2:52). No, we don’t have Jesus’ SAT scores to tell us how Joseph and Mary did, but we have His life as the demonstration of their effectiveness. Jesus was a healthy, insightful, social and spiritual young man.
Parents of teens, this can help us understand how we did in our child-rearing. Parents of younger children, if you are looking for a guide to good parenting this might be as good as any.
Think About It!