This is the fourth part of my series on child training, or protecting our children from the wiles of Satan. In Part 1, we talked about the Tragedy of losing the next generation, in Part 2 we talked introduced the Overcomers, or those who have resisted the Satanic draw. In Part 3, we found the most important quality of being a successful parent. If you have not read the other 3 parts, please take the time to do so, and tell me how this series has been a help to you (if it has.)
In raising godly Christian young people, joy in parenting is a must! It is like raising a tall, stout wall of defense in the lives of our children. Many of the Overcomers I interviewed told of their parents’ joy, and the impact it had on their lives.
While in the northwest one spring, I met Shari, a very young assistant pastor’s wife with two small rambunctious children. Her late father was the pastor of a mid-sized country church, where her parents had ministered for 20 years. Shari, a fourth generation Christian, is part of another one of those remarkable families with all six children serving the Lord. Her parents’ attitude was that serving the Lord was the best thing in the world.
“My parents simply loved serving the Lord,” she told me. “They truly enjoyed everything they did for God, whether it was soul-winning, bus visitation, cleaning the church, counseling, or anything. It wasn’t just “working in the church.” To them, it was serving the Lord, and it was the most wonderful thing in the world. I guess I grew up thinking the same thing. It seemed to me to be the best thing ever; it was all I wanted to do with my life.”
Shari’s sentiments were not at all unusual. A vast majority of the godly people I talked to felt exactly the same way. In fact, 98% of my respondents said their home was happy!
Let me remind you that these young people know why they are now serving the Lord. It is not rocket science, nor is it merely a theory; it is the principles of Scripture lived out in the lives of their parents that made all the difference in the world. In some cases, like Shari’s, we see generation after generation of joyful Christians which have impacted the world.
Through hardship, pain, gossip, financial strain, and even death many families just like Shari’s refused to complain. In return, they have a happy, well-adjusted family. I think that’s a wise investment.
Here’s a few ideas on How to Live Joyfully:
Distract yourself from gloomy thoughts.
Be Content, concentrate on the good things you have.
Refuse to Complain, look for the silver lining in the cloud.
In Everything Give Thanks, because God is always good.
Pray, pray, pray! – pray like it all depends on God, and live like it all depends on you.
May the Lord bless you richly as you seek to Lionproof your own children!
Do you have any more ideas on how we can be more joyful in our daily lives? Please share!