We as parents must often reevaluate our purpose in life.
What is your purpose?
What is your purpose in raising your children?
My purpose is to Glorify God in all I do, albeit I fail mightily at times.
1 Corinthians 10:31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. ESV
5 May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus,
6 that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. ESV
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,
20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. ESV
Revelation 15:4 Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.” ESV
My purpose for raising my children is for the same reason to Glorify God. I am striving to raise them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord in order to Glorify God in what I do and so that they will Glorify God in all they do.
5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.
7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. ESV
Paul Washer discusses parenting specifically for Fathers, although it is very helpful for mothers also. He covers quality time verses quantity time.
One statement he makes is so true – If sports builds character what about the NFL or the NBA?
How many parents focus on their child and sports and yet they forget the really important thing?