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15Apr/140

Parenting is a Stewardship

In the early hours of my son's first day, I needed some comfort and guidance. I was tired beyond belief by the events of the past two days already, and now I was a dad. I did a quick search for Bible verses on parenting, and God gave me my first lesson as a new parent: this is not my child, it is His. Check out what I stumbled upon below:

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

~ Jeremiah 1:5

 

Listen to me, O coastlands, and give attention, you peoples from afar. The Lord called me from the womb, from the body of my mother he named my name.

~ Isaiah 49:1

 

These verses reminded me that God gets to work long before me, and that EVERY person has a role to play in God's epic story in this world. God already has His calling on the life of Eli...I must be a good steward of him and Stacy. They are not mine, they are His, entrusted to me for this time. My job is to raise them as best as I can, and pray that God uses them as an tool to continue passing on His message of salvation to our broken world.

My love for God must drive my love for Stacy and Eli...otherwise I will be quite unloving in the ways that matter most. I cannot respond simply in terms of human love--that's not what God desires of me. He desires me to love them with His love. To lead them with His wisdom. I will do my best, God. I am looking to you--make me a good Father, just as you are to me.

 

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