Great Parenting Goals 1
“To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity.”
Here are four great personal goals for a wise parent: wisdom, justice, judgment, and equity. Today we will discuss the first goal.
We must not merely instruct in wisdom, we must ourselves receive the instruction of wisdom. Receive is the King James translation of a Hebrew word that means “to accept, to believe, or to commit to.” The concept of possession is inherent in the meaning of this word. Thus, a wise parent must be personally saturated with wisdom. Wise parents are literally dripping with the knowledge of God in their daily lives. Wise parents are totally committed to knowing, loving, and enjoying the Lord. Is this your goal? Do you daily seek fellowship with Him? Does your heart pant for God (Ps. 42:1)?
Proverbs 1:2–4 describes the wise parent. A wise parent knows the Lord (experiential fellowship, vs. 2) and is possessed by this knowledge (v. 3). Like Paul, the wise parent counts all things but loss “for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord.” Ask God to give you a thirst for Him that can only be satisfied (as David puts it) when “I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches” (Ps. 63:5–6).
When this is your quest, your pursuit, and the longing of your soul, your family will soon take note! Be a receptive (possessed) parent today.
Final thought: The wise parent knows God and desires to share that relationship with his family.