Guest Author

Pastor C.J. Armstrong
Associate Pastor – Bloomington Baptist Church, Bloomington, Illinois

Today’s Scripture: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

At the time of this writing, my wife and I have just welcomed our first child into the world. This was an especially joyous time for us and one for which we have long waited. However amid all of the happiness and celebration, it’s impossible for me to forget the enormity of the task ahead of us. God has entrusted my wife and me with the responsibility of raising our baby girl in a proper, Biblical fashion.

I hold a secular job driving a bus; I often overhear others talk about their children and their child-raising tactics. Some are apathetic towards their children and simply don’t care how they act or what they do. Rather than accepting their role of authority over the child, they seem determined to abdicate that responsibility to TV or video games at every opportunity. What are these parents teaching their children? Not much of anything.

Then there are those who push their children to excel at all costs. Whether it’s in academics or sports, these parents insist that their children must be the best of the best-mostly because the parents want to relive their glory-days through their children. While there’s nothing wrong with drawing out a child’s full potential, that should not be the singular focus of parenting.

My responsibility, and the responsibility of all parents, is to raise their child for the future. We are to raise them so that when they mature, they will be God-honoring men and women who are equipped to fellowship and serve the Creator of the universe. We are to raise them to be people of character.

The morning after my daughter’s birth, I opened my Bible to the next passage in my reading plan: Psalm 115. The first verse drove this point home to me. All glory, even the glory of child-raising, belongs to God. God did not entrust me with this baby girl for my own glory and honor, but for His.

I hope that you will join me in making this truth a vital part of your parenting. It’s never too late to bring your family into alignment with God’s plan. If you haven’t yet done so, I urge you to do so now.