Parenting by Design - June 13

True value 

Exodus 1:15:  "The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiprah and Puah, ‘When you help the Hebrew women in childbirth and observe them on the delivery stool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live'" (NIV).

The Hebrew midwives feared God and did not obey the king's request.  Interestingly, the Bible records the names of the midwives, but not the name of the Egyptian king.  By worldly standards, this doesn't make sense.  Egyptian kings are far more "important" than Hebrew midwives.  But people who are revered on earth don't necessarily possess the qualities that are celebrated by God.

It is so easy to crave validation, status, and notoriety for our kids.  We are tempted to buy into the culture's definition of "success".  God's plan for our kids, however, may not bring worldly fame.  We should rejoice, because there is no greater blessing than raising kids who are faithful to their calling.

Are you encouraging your kids to be significant to the world or to God?

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