A Parent's Greatest Gift

“Hear, my son, your father's instruction, and forsake not your mother's teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck”  (Proverbs 1:8-9).

While some parents can give their children material wealth, most are not in a position to do so. But every parent can give their children something far more beneficial: wisdom. A parent can impart wisdom to their children in many ways. Let’s look at a few:

1. Speak forth words of wisdom.
Parents should take every opportunity to communicate to their children God’s truth. Not only will it lead them to the living God, but it will also impart to them sound principles for successful living. When they grow up, they can fall back on those foundational truths introduced to them at a young age.

We will mention “modeling” this truth in our next point, but we also need to “communicate” it. Children may catch what we do, but not guess why we do it. They need to hear that God expects honest dealings with our neighbors. They need to develop their individual conscience to respond to God. Otherwise we give them just a set of behaviors to follow without a foundation to rest them on.

2. Live out your words.
In a way, God made it easy for us to train our children. They see how we live and then they repeat it. Children may voice frustration at all the rules and requirements, but when they see you living a consistent life, they will not forget that. Your example makes a powerful impression. They will take note of the pitfalls you avoided that maybe their friend’s parents did not. When we live for God, we cannot help but make a powerful impression on our children.

3. Reinforce by repetition.
Today people look for all sorts of novelties, we truly live in a world where the latest is the greatest. But God’s Word bears repeating, as the Apostle Peter reminds us:

“Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder” (2 Peter 1:12-13).

Just as we need to model the truth each day, we also need to teach it. God designed our spiritual natures for renewal. We live in a world of sin, unbelief, and evil. We need daily renewal, as do our children. Don’t be afraid to repeat and reinforce God’s truth to your children. We need it and they need it. One day, sooner or later, it will take hold as God smiles upon your faithful efforts.

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