Make Decisions for the Future
We should see a future for our children rather than parenting only by the moment. Each day we should be parenting according to the great things that we see for our kids’ futures rather than what suits us at the time. Proverbs 31 says that the wife “laughs at the future.” Each day she works and loves her family with confidence knowing that she is building a great future for them and herself.
Parents Need Guidance Too
The primary spiritual influence in a child’s world is the parent. Everything else they learn is laid atop the parents’ foundation. We will see the good and bad of ourselves reflected in them and magnified a thousand times. There will be times of great joy and of great sadness. That is why I emphasize that parents stay open to correction and direction. I emphasize that at times we will need pastoral or professional counseling, and it is vital that this guidance comes from committed Christians. Too often I see families end up in more of a mess because their shame caused them to seek help from outside the church. Due to poor spiritual guidance the family ended up in more of a shamble.
The overriding thought here is to have a vision for your family. Look around yourselves, take note of where you currently are and map out a future from there. As the parent you are the foundation for your child. Don’t let current circumstances hold you back from dreaming.