Fight the good fight?
I wanted to hit him. Because I was fighting. With everything I had, I was fighting… to enforce appropriate consequences, to be patient, kind and loving… to call my teens back from the precipice that leads to everything rotten, decrepit and unholy. I was just losing the fight.
Yet, it wasn’t a lame statement. It was Scripture. In his first letter to Timothy (chapter 6), Paul instructs his young disciple to avoid false teachers pushing a different doctrine that contradict the teachings of Christ. Paul reminds us all to be content with the food and clothing we have and to avoid the love of money. He says:
O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. – 1 Timothy 6:11b-12, ESV
Christian Parenting and… Fighting the Good Fight?
I think sometimes we parents get distracted from stewarding our children. We forget this deal is all about training.
Training requires doing the same thing over and over again. When I was in art school, I spent hours working on the same vase. I sketched it with pencil. I used charcoal. I painted in oil, watercolor and acrylic. I photographed the vase and developed the film ten different ways. I was in training. It was hard… and boring. Some days, I felt like I had better things to do.
It’s easy to get distracted as we parent. Our smart phone calls, the house needs to be cleaned, and kids have a seemingly never-ending barrage of activities these days.
It’s easy to forget that we’re training our young men and women for something far more important than anything we’re distracted by. Just like the servants in the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30), we will be held accountable for the job we do stewarding that with which we’ve been entrusted.
We’ve been entrusted with little lives.
That’s a heavy responsibility.
Christian parenting isn’t easy. It’s sanctifying.
Christian parenting isn’t convenient. It clarifies our priorities and spotlights our heart issues in a way few endeavors in life can.
Christian parenting doesn’t always make us look good. It’s humbling.
Fight the Good Fight.
Don’t hit me. I understand how hard parenting is. But let me encourage you to seek Christ and to work hard to disciple well the children you’ve been entrusted to steward. God gave you the children you have for a purpose. He hand-picked them just for you, and you for them.
He will equip you.
So, dear parents, make the tough decisions. Teach your children well. Flee discontentment and the love of money, but chase righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness and gentleness. Remember your littles (and not-so-littles) are in training. They’re going to need patient, loving instruction over and over again. They need you to make the tough choices and sacrifices that will benefit them for years in the future.
The irony of the situation? We parents are in training, too.
This Christian parenting deal is important. That you’ve been called by the Lord of Heaven and Earth to an important and valuable job. That this is a fight. It’s a good one. It’s worth fighting.
Love to you all, brothers and sisters in Christ.
Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible
You want your kids to learn and love the Bible.
You want to teach the Bible…
As parents, we deeply desire the best for our kids. We look for the right schools, we make them eat right and exercise, and we get them involved in extracurricular activities. We take our job as parents seriously.
But are we also putting our time and energy into
teaching them the Bible? Giving them the life-changing, soul-nourishing words of Scripture is not only doable, it’s an essential part of parenting kids for Jesus. And the good news is, studying God’s Word as a family doesn’t have to be difficult!
2 Timothy 2:15, ESV, says:
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,
a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
Our job, as parents who love Jesus, is to help our kids become approved workers, unashamed and rightly handling the word of truth.
The good news? Teaching the Bible isn’t hard. Your family can learn the Bible together.
…and you can!
A Crash Course in Teaching the Bible to Your Kids
Danika Cooley’s book, Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible, will give you the tools and confidence to study the Bible as a family. It will help you identify and overcome your objections and fears, give you a crash course in what the Bible is all about and how to teach it, and provide the guidance you need to set up a family Bible study habit.
You will finish this book feeling encouraged and empowered to initiate and strengthen your child’s relationship with the Lord through His Word.
Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible will equip you with everything you need to know to teach the Bible to your kids!
More Thinking Kids Posts You’ll Love
Help Your Kids Learn and Love the BibleTeach Your Kids to be Thankful for Life in the WombMartin Luther: When Lightning Struck! Book Discussion Guide9 Intentional Christian Parenting TipsStewarding Talents and Spiritual Gifts in Your Children3 Reasons to Teach Kids About Life in the WombTidying Up | Materialism, the Bible, and Your KidsTeaching Christian Worldview to Your Children in a Way They’ll UnderstandHow to Volunteer with KidsHow to Study the Bible at Home (Even If You Haven’t Read It)Life Lessons from MotherhoodFour Reasons to Teach Christian History to Your KidsChildren in Church: Teach Kids to WorshipWhen Your Child Breaks Your Heart | How to Survive5 Things That Occur When I Complain about My KidsChristian Parenting. Fight the Good Fight.100 Ways to Encourage Your ChildCalm the Angry Parent Inside and Build Your Kids UpFive Things That Occur When I Encourage My Child5 Things that Occur When I Overreact to My Child’s Offense5 Things That Occur When I Yell at My ChildTeach Kids the Bible Using the BibleTen Ways to Show Respect for Your TeenParenting Lessons from Early in my Marriage
Join the newsletter
Get the Family Prayer Box Project FREE!
Teach your children to pray with this fun project that includes 7 printable sets!