Finally pregnant and building a house, the Lord had answered our prayers. We were so excited! Throughout the construction process, my husband and I would stop by and check on the progress of our home. With hope filled eyes we watched as they lay our foundation and build our home from frame to finish. We didn’t exactly know how things were created. We didn’t understand foundations, codes, or any technicalities of the process. We handed the responsibility to the builder and trusted the experts. They gave us advice about what kind of wood to choose for our frame and brick to finish. We had many meetings about design, fixtures, floors and finances. We discussed everything. We hung on every word and looked forward to their guidance. With hope filled eyes we trusted what we saw. We were so amazed at the final product, we didn’t ask many questions. Our dream was finished and we eagerly moved into our new home.
We have lived in our home for over 15 years. It has weathered storms, three children and many play dates. Even though we are still very grateful for our home, we have noticed over the years that materials used and methods of construction were not always the best. We have invested in repairing, replacing and rebuilding things that were not given much attention. It has been realized that our dream home was not given great care by the builder that we once trusted. We’ve had to pay a costly price for their shortcuts, inattentiveness and lack of regard for it being our dwelling place.
These experiences have tugged at my heart over the years. They have reminded me of our responsibility as parents, aunts, grandmothers and caregivers. We are responsible for giving our children their foundation, building their frames and installing their fixtures. They trust us. Our children are watching intently as we are constructing them emotionally, giving them materials of living, and installing fixtures of God’s word.
Will they benefit from us as parents or will they pay the cost? Will they be able to have a firm foundation in Christ or will they spend years trying to repair, rebuild and replace our work? Will they benefit from our Godly guidance? Or will they pay the price for our shortcuts in parenting, inattentiveness to their spiritual life and lack of regard for the impact we have on them? Will they completely abandon what we have prepared? Will they spend their lives taking shelter in the world’s temporary places that were not built to nurture, protect or weather storms?
God’s word instructs us in Proverbs 22:6 (NIV) “Start children off on the way they should go, and even whey they are old they will not turn from it.”
Our confusing and misguided society is making accommodations for our children. It’s working overtime building dwelling places for them..
Matthew 7:24-27 (NIV) “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
What children in your life do you impact?
How have you made sure that they have truth and guidance?
What is your prayer for them?