Last Saturday, Kris and I attended a parenting seminar called The Heart of Parenting facilitated by Victory Pioneer. The last seminar we went to was Pastor Mark Gungor’s Laugh Your Way Through Marriage, which was equally beneficial and refreshing. We always take time to attend seminars like this as it really helps us a lot.
While Kris and I love being married to each other, parenting our nearly two-year-old son, Kristoffer Isaiah, is an indescribable joy. There are times we stare at him and tell each other with pride, “that’s our own.” The things he quickly learns and applies never cease to amaze us.
Like any married couple, we have no full understanding of how it is to be a first-time parent and how to rear a child. I even remember how that little bit of worry creep in to Kris’ mind about raising our son. It rooted from the fact that he grew up with a less than ideal relationship with his dad. But I have always trusted in God to guide him and to have faith in the goodness of his heart. True enough, the strength of the relationship that he is building with Isaiah now is remarkable and I am grateful for that.
While there are many books and blog sites available for parenting references, building relationship with God Himself always comes on top of everything else. We can sure raise Isaiah the way our parents raised us both and our mentors have advised us, but raising him without knowing God just wont work the way it should be. Surely, we cannot do everything with our own strength.
As parents, we realized that we are builders: Builders of the next generation. Kris and I are serious in wanting to have a significant change in our environment right now, so we strongly agree that we have to start with raising our child the godly way. We may stumble and fall along the way but I know that when we remain faithful and obedient to the Word then there will be nothing impossible.
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. – Proverbs 22:6