The Goals of Parenting

Tedd Tripp, in Shepherding a Child’s Heart,

If your objectives [in parenting] are anything other than “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever,” you teach your children to function in the culture on its own terms.

How do we do this? We pander to their desires and wishes. We teach them to find their soul’s delight in going places and doing things. We attempt to satisfy their lust for excitement. We fill their young lives with distractions from God. We give them material things and take delight in their delight in possessions. Then we hope that somewhere down the line they will see that a life worth living is found only in knowing and serving God.

In terms of Godward orientation, we are training them in the idolatry of materialism.

Parenting for the glory of God – not our own – is surely part of the call to “take up your cross, deny yourself daily, and follow Me.”

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About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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