Yesterday we celebrated Mothers Day and I got to thinking about my mom and the how loving and giving she was raising me and three brothers.
I remember one night as I was having a chicken dinner with my mom I asked her why she only ate the wings of the chicken when the legs, thighs and breasts were so much meatier. Her reply did not surprise me. She told me that by the time her husband and sons had chosen for themselves what parts of the chicken they liked best , all that was left was a wing.
That is the kind of selfless living that typify so many good Moms and Dads that help their children to grow. It takes sacrifice and selflessness to raise a child well.
In Luke 2:52 we are told that from the "Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and with man." Those are the same four ways as parent, we help our children to grow.
First it says Jesus grew in wisdom. That's mental or intellectual growth.
He grew in stature. That's physical growth.
He grew in favor with God. Spiritual growth.
He grew in favor with man. That's social growth.
These are good goals for you to shoot for in your family for each of your children so that you can help them have balanced growth -- mental, physical, spiritual and social. The Bible is very clear that the primary responsibility of raising children, helping them be prepared for life, is laid at the feet of parents. The moment you took part in a conception you got a job description. You took on the greatest responsibility in life, parenting a child. Throughout this week as school is winding down, we will look at what the Bible has to say about Training up a child in the way he should go so that when they are old they will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
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