If the target of Satan is the family, then your heart is the bulls-eye.
I should stop writing to let that sink in. Reread that. I encourage you to stop, think, pray about what this means for you and your family.
Pursue the Ultimate Goal this summer.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6.9
The Ultimate goal of parenting/grandparenting is to connect our children’s hearts to HIS; to connect them with the heart of their heavenly Father. David Platt said, “The Ultimate Goal is NOT for our kids to behave and be moral upright citizens….Our goal is not for our kids to make great friends, to develop a great self-esteem, to get into a great college, be a great leader, find a great spouse, have a great career with a great income, and then a great retirement. The ultimate goal of parenting/grand parenting is for them to love a GREAT God. So much so they will abandon everything this world has to offer in order to follow after Him: no matter what he says, no matter what it costs them and no matter what it costs you.”
Most parents have a vision for their children: get good grades, get into a great college, eagle scout, black belt, 4.0 gpa, etc. Those are all good things, but the problem is our vision often doesn’t extend to eternity. We get distracted by earthy things that keep us from being able to focus on God. We want to make sure we give our children every opportunity to succeed in school/sports/music, get into a great college, be socially well adjusted and yet, are not so much concerned about their souls. (Read Psalm 78:1-8.)
WE HAVE TO ASK OURSELVES: Are we parenting for earthly rewards or for KINGDOM, heavenly, rewards? God, our Father, wants our children to know Him personally, intimately. Even more than we do. He loves them even more than we do.
Wrap your family in His love, convey the heart of our Father to your children as you enjoy your summer.
The Ultimate Goal…
[This is an excerpt of our workshop, sharing the vision of the importance of faith at home. If you would like to schedule this or other workshops, you can email Jonathan at firstname.lastname@example.org.]
- Are we connecting their hearts with God’s? In what ways? When can we have family devotions?
- How are we pursuing a Kingdom vision with our children?
- What is our vision for your family? For our children?
- How might we be conforming to the world vs. seeking God’s plan for our family? Are we just doing what everyone else is doing or do we have a vision from God for each of our children and we are parenting in light of that? (Romans 12.1)
- If you are a grandparent: How can I be accomplishing the Ultimate Goal with my grandchildren?