I believe that if we don't have a goal in our parenting to shoot for...we won't hit anything! And so, we must parent with purpose!
Our children are like arrows: “As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth” (Psalm 127:4 KJV). Children are like arrows in the hands of a mighty man!
And we, as parents, are the archers-responsible for shooting these precious arrows! We had better be well prepared to hit that target! We have to have our eye on a target--never waver--and shoot for it! After all, we're shooting God's arrows at the target He has designated. We must aim for the bulls eye!
"Your goal should be godly children. That means training their hearts to think like God thinks and their bodies to do what God would do."
We need to:
Pray for our children--and teach them to pray!
Remember that we are daily modeling an example in our actions and attitudes for our little arrows
Saturate our children with the Word of God - read it, sing it, memorize it, talk about it, apply it
Train them early on for service/ministry (the earlier--the better!)
Protect them from ungodly influences! (we must reject what the world is offering for our children--or we will not be able to clearly see-or hit the target!)
Encourage our children - take every opportunity to praise godly character traits!
Love our children-we must turn our hearts to our children, so they will turn their hearts to us! (Don't be replaced by peers!)
Capture your child's heart!
Determine to stay the course! We are not sprinting-this is a marathon! It will take hard work, and lots of time. Be Committed!
May God bless you as you shoot your arrows out for HIM!