Being a parent is the most challenging, yet rewarding assignment we'll ever face. The role of a parent is God-ordained, and He calls (and equips) us for the job to raise our kids the right way. In his book Raising Kingdom Kids, author and pastor Tony Evans writes, “God created the first family. He told them to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. And the idea was not just to fill the earth with people, but fill the earth with His image in which man and woman were made.”
We have a job to do as parents. God has not only chosen us for the task, but He also uses the vehicle of parenthood for our own benefit. English author and poet Mary Howitt says it like this: “God sends children for another purpose than merely to keep up the race – to enlarge our hearts; and to make us unselfish and full of kindly sympathies and affection; to give our souls higher aims; to call out all our faculties to extend enterprise and exertion and to bring round our fire sides bright faces, happy smiles and loving, tender hearts.”
As we are in a season of thanksgiving, here are 10 reasons I'm eternally grateful for my role as a father.
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