These are a few things that are top priorities in my parenting goals.
#1 – I want to teach my children to pray.
So many people, even those who claim to be Christians, simply fail to pray. It should be our first recourse not our last resort.
I want my children to feel comfortable enough with the concept of being in the presence of God that prayer to them is as natural and normal as breathing.
“Never stop praying.”
1 Thessalonians 5:17
#2 – I want to teach my children to think.
Too often, it appears that the vast majority has lost that important, life-altering skill. I want my children to consider the consequences of their choices and how they will impact other people as well as their own futures.
“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
(Philippians 4:8 NLT)
#3 – I want to teach my children to love.
I don’t mean a love of convenience or a love that shifts like the wind. I want them to love with great abandon, remarkable loyalty and tremendous compassion. Why? Because, in the end, love wins.
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT
#4 – I want to teach my children to err on the side of kindness. I want them to develop a distaste and intolerance to unkind actions and words.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” Proverbs 18:21 ESV
#5 – I want to teach my children to be aware of the needs of others. I want them to see the great needs of other people and not turn a blind eye.
“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4 ESV