Embrace Where the Holy Spirit Leads Them
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One of the most challenging truths of parenting involves recognizing that your child is ultimately God’s.
Parents are given the blessing of stewarding that life. As much as we love our children, God loves them more and has created them uniquely to accomplish his purposes. Sometimes, the path they feel led to pursue aligns with our expectations and comfort zones.
But other times, we encounter fear at the thought of our children moving into areas that seem risky-whether geographically or figuratively.
In scripture, we read the accounts of Timothy’s life as a young church planter. He found a disciple there by the name of Timothy, son of a devout Jewish mother and Greek father. Friends in Lystra and Iconium all said what a fine young man he was.
Paul wanted to recruit him for their mission, but first took him aside and circumcised him so he wouldn’t offend the Jews who lived in those parts (Acts 16:1-3).
Certainly, his mother must have felt some concerns about letting her son move far away. Technological tools of communication did not exist. The risks of persecution, and dangerous travel had to have entered her mind.
Yet, like Hannah, she surrendered him to God to be used for his purposes.
Encouraging our children to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit demonstrates our love for them. We want them to learn to hear God’s voice and serve him wherever that might be.
Whether it be short term or long term, urban or rural, domestic or international, vocational ministry, mission trip, or career, how can God’s purposes best be accomplished through your child?
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