Parenting Sermon Notes
One of the great joys of my life is being a father and a grandfather. So often it feels like we only get the hang of parenting by the time our children have left home, and it is certainly true that grandchildren make adults out of the parents and children out of the grandparents!
Here are four principles I have learnt through being a father and a grandfather.
Commitment. God’s example of commitment to us, his children, should be our example. As God has shown covenant love to you and me, so we need to show commitment to our children.
2. Compassion. God’s love means that he wants the best for us. We need to seek to be those who love our children with a similar compassion.
A compassion that wants the best for them.
A compassion that wants to give them roots and wings.
Care. Out children don’t care how much we know until they know how much we care. We are to provide a social, psychological, and spiritual framework in which our children can grow.
Children spell love T.I.M.E. Should we give our children quality time or quantity time?
The answer is: quality quantity time.
Cost. The parable of the prodigal is a lesson in parenting. We must always be prepared to let our children go, but equally, we must always be ready to welcome them back, whatever the cost.
If your children are prodigals, keep your house open with hope.
Written by Canon J John, who can be found at @canonjjohn and www.canonjjohn.com