Congratulations and many blessings to the 2012 graduates, as well as parents and supporters of our children. As we strive to achieve excellence in academics and vocation, let us always seek God first and His righteousness, Matt. 6:33. As parents and supporters, let us continue praying for, paving the way, and providing for our children’s academic pursuits and career advancements. As Christians, we should always expect God’s supply and will for our children’s life. After all, He is the supreme provider, wisest counselor, and smartest teacher. Whatever we need He will provide. Whatever good we desire to become and long to achieve it will come to pass as God's wonder working power manifest through us, Phil. 2:13. For in Him, we live and move and have our being, Acts 17:28.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth, Ps. 127:4. Every archer’s arrow has a specific purpose—a target to hit. So, shall every parent position and aim their arrow (their child) to hit a spiritual bull’s eye (God’s will for their lives) every time. We must keep pointing our precious children towards the heart of God and trust His will for their life every step of the way, Prov. 22:6.
As godly parents, supporters, and stewards of our children’s education and career, it is our responsibility to position and lead them in God’s “Way” and into His will for their lives:
1. Give Them Direction: Spiritually nudge and encourage them with God’s Words to facilitate God’s will in their lives.
2. Creative Culture and Opportunity: Expose them to activities, environments, and organizations that arouse their spiritual consciousness and interest.
3. Connect Them to Others: Introduce them to strong believers they can relate to and are able and willing to disciple them.
4. Train Them Up: Teach them to identify how God actively moves in all situations, i.e., home, work, leisure, and play.
5. Pray Continually: Pray with them and for them often. Pray God’s blessings and prosperity into their lives daily.
6. Communicate Constantly: Maintain open dialogue with your children. Listen well. Don’t solve all their problems. Every opportunity to teach them a lesson does not have to turn into a lecture. Give them support. Share from your own experiences, and let them make a real connection with their life. However, don’t use your child as a storehouse to stow your past sins and failures. Use wisdom in being transparent. Make sure you share things of the past that are applicable and useful to them for present situations.
7. Walk Worthy: Live a lifestyle of godliness before them as an example of hopefulness and holiness. Often times while coaching children, many lessons are caught much easier than taught. How parents respond under stress, in distress, and while going through life's test often times paint a more vivid, memorable, and meaningful picture than a thousand words.
Reference Scriptures: Deuteronomy 6:4-6, Joshua 24:15, Proverbs 2:1, Proverbs 22:6, Psalms 37:23, Psalms 127:4 Matthew, Acts 17:28, Philippians 2:13, and Colossians 1:10.