Tis the season to be thankful! In the busyness of your Thanksgiving preparations, I hope you’ll take time to reflect on how good God has been to you and your family. I sometimes wonder how many of His blessings I overlook. As I was reflecting, I realized that I have not expressed how thankful I am for parents...especially the ones who bring their children to my children's ministry. BTW...after 18 years at the same church I recently moved churches...which explains why I have not blogged in a while.
Children's ministries across the country would not exist without faithful parents bringing their children. But my gratitude goes much deeper than that. Parenting is hard work and for many it is thankless work. They prepare meals, wash dishes, and provide a home and the countless necessities for raising kids today. They go above and beyond without applause or affirmation. They make many sacrifices along the way, putting their children’s needs and wants before their own. They invest in their school, sports, arts, and many other life-enriching experiences. Many parents even serve as volunteers in children's ministry...and for that I am especially grateful!
So, with all this heroic activity, you’d think parents would be treated like rock stars. Sadly, many parents feel beat-up and downright burned out. Even at church, parents could get the feeling that they are not doing enough. If you are a parent, relax for a moment and allow me to share with you two encouraging thoughts.
#1). Your tireless work is critically important! In a world that is quickly heading away from God, you are standing in the gap and directing your children towards truth, hope, and love. There is a real enemy focused on feeding our children lies and enticing them with lots of glitter and gold. You are still your child’s greatest influencer. Your children are listening and watching, so keep up the good work! Galatians 6:9 says, “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”
#2). Your tireless work will be rewarded! One of the beautiful realities of God is that He is in control. God promises rewards for those who persevere. Even though parenting can seem like a losing battle, we know that goodness triumphs over evil in the end. God sees your hard work and sacrifice and he will bless you for not giving up. Psalms 112:1-2 says, “How joyful are those who fear the Lord and delight in obeying his commands. Their children will be successful everywhere; an entire generation of godly people will be blessed.”
As another Thanksgiving Day arrives, know that there are people ready to pray for you and partner with you in your parenting journey. As Thanksgiving Day passes and the shopping frenzy begins, look for a solid Christian Church to attend.
The Compass Church