Parenting by Design - June 25


Deuteronomy 8:17-18:  "You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.'  But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth…" (NIV).

Few things are more effective in undermining our walk with God than pride.  Many of us claim to be dependent on Him, but live our lives depending on ourselves.  The way we respond to both our achievements and our disappointments is a powerful testimony to our children. 

When your sense of worth soars with success, you are taking credit for positive results.  Results, however, ultimately depend on God, not us.  In His sovereign wisdom, He uses both good and bad experiences to bring about His plan.  When we understand this, we have a better perspective on success and failure. Our talents are gifts from God and, while He calls us to use them for His glory, the outcome belongs to Him.

Model humility in both your successes and your failures.

Originally published June 25, 2020.