Parents have a tough job. Raising children is very rewarding, but it’s also very demanding. There aren’t really any breaks when your kids are awake, and precious few when they are sleeping. They notice everything you do and say, learning how to act and speak, so you’re always trying to put your best foot forward.
In addition to all the normal responsibilities, there’s also the charge to bring them up to know the Lord. As a father, I especially feel the weight of this responsibility. God can certainly bring my kids to faith in Him without my help, but He has given me that responsibility.
There are times when I feel inadequate for the task. There are times I doubt my effectiveness at this task. There are many times when I fail at this task. But I take heart because I remember Jesus’ words in John 8:
If you knew me, you would know my Father also. John 8:19 (ESV)
Here’s the thing: I’m not adequate, effective, or perfect for the task that God has set before me as a parent. But I do know Jesus, and because I know Him, I also know and have access to my perfect Heavenly Father—and He is more than up to the task of raising my children to know His Son.
At the end of the day, I’m going to do my best with this responsibility that God has laid before me. First and foremost, I’m going to make sure I’m spending time with Him in the Word, prayer, and worship. I’m going to spend time with Him so that He can more effectively use me to point my kids to Jesus.