Don’t Cost Your Children Their Future!
Do not put your children’s future in jeopardy because of the decisions you choose to make or by your life-style. Do not live in a way that will cause your children to struggle later in their lives!
In the book of Exodus, Chapter eleven verses five, we read about Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, stubbornly refusing to let God’s people go. Pharaoh’s decision(s) did not only affect him and his people, it also affected his first-born son. He was so occupied with himself that he did not considered what would happen to the people around him. Due to his stubbornness and pride, he ended up losing his first-born son. The first-born son of pharaoh was very important because he would be the one to inherit the throne and continue the legacy of his father’s bloodline. However, his father’s selfishness lead to him not fulfilling his purpose as the next pharaoh of Egypt.
Reading this story got me thinking about how parents ’actions can positively or negatively impact their children. This story helps me evaluate myself as a parent. What are the things I’m doing that may be affecting my child’s future? Who are my friends? How am representing myself to my son? Am I mindful of my conversations and interaction. I believe as parents, these are the types of questions we should be asking ourselves to ensure we are providing a safe and solid foundations for our children to grow and thrive.
Our goals should be that our children become better than us. Prayerfully, they won’t have to fight the same battles we fought. Yes, there will be challenges they will face, but let’s give them a good foundation they can start from. We must position ourselves in such a way that we minimize or break off certain influences or behaviors that may impact them negatively. To do this, we are going to need God’s help. We need His wisdom, knowledge and understanding because if we are not careful we could make decisions that could be costly to our young ones. The effects of these decisions can carry on into their future. It could even affect the lives of our grand and great grand-children. God forbids!
We cannot live for ourselves anymore! We must put the well-being of our children above our own. It is a sacrifice we must make so that their lives can be better than ours. Now, this doesn’t mean we neglect our own needs but it means we are mindful of their present and future needs. Striving not to do things that are not beneficial for them. Growing up I heard “do as I say, not as I do”, and if I’m being completely honest, I have used that phrase myself, a lot, but that’s not how it works. We can’t live however we want and expect our children to make right decisions. It starts with us! We need to be their examples, because they are watching. Jesus came down to the earth and died for us to show us an example of love. He did not just tell us to love one another, he showed it. We are to do the same for our children. I pray, Father God, help us become parents that will help our children fulfill their God-given destinies, in Jesus name, amen.
Until next time, stay blessed and keep the faith!
Your sister in Christ,
Nuku K. Nwajei