Parenting is about Preparation – for their future and the final judgment
What are your ambitions for your children?
Are your ambitions for them biblical or temporal?
Are any of them in line with true greatness?
Are your ambitions for your children more important than the cultivation of humility and servanthood?
4 Ways to help your children become great in the eyes of God
1. Be an example of greatness – examining your own life. Pull the weeds in your own heart.
Take care of the issues no matter how big or small
Ask for forgiveness. Set the pattern for them to follow when you mess up.
2. Define True Greatness for your Children
Greatness = Servanthood
Greatness = Humility
be the servant in your life roles – in your family, church, workplace, community
define it through your example
3. Teach your children to discern and admire true greatness
Don’t celebrate anything more than you celebrate Godly character in your children
Those serving in your local church – SS teachers, worship leaders, pastors, etc
Missionaries your church supports
Forrest Zander (Wycliffe Ministries) former missionary pilot
Shadow of the Almighty – Story about the life of Jim Elliot
A Chance to Die – Story about Amy Carmichael
4. Teach your children to serve
Serve in the context of local church – find ways to help them plug in to assisting with ongoing ministries
Be assured that parenting is something God has called you to and that He has personally assigned your children to you both for their good an for your sanctification. – C. J. Mahaney