If I’m honest there are many things I would like to succeed at and accomplish in my life. I want to be a good pastor, I want to manage my finances well, I want to be a faithful witness, and so much more. Of all the things I wish to succeed at, almost none rival being a good godly father. If you were to ask me to name some of the most important things in my life three names would be near the top of my list! The sad reality for me though is that I get caught up in the grind of so many good things that I forget to put emphasis on that one great thing that only I can do... be a dad to my kids.
It is sad to read the last part of Hezekiah’s life. Even with extended years, he didn’t make the godly impact he could have on his young son Manasseh. Judah went from one of the most godly kings to one of the most wicked kings. We are not removing personal responsibility from Manasseh, he chose to be evil and ungodly. But, at the same time it was no doubt a great heartache for Hezekiah. Though Hezekiah had many amazing victories in his life, the one glaring defeat was his 12 year old son who lived a life apart from God.
As I am writing this, I feel almost sick to my stomach thinking about yesterday evening. All my kids wanted was to jump on the trampoline with daddy. By the time I drug in at 7:30, the last thing I wanted to do was go bounce around on that torture rack (it is basically hidden exercise!). I value my children, and yet missed that opportunity to minister to them... I will never get that opportunity back. The past is set... it cannot be changed, but it can be a great tool to learn from.
Today, whether your kids are still at home or not (being a parent changes when the kids move out, it doesn’t stop), purpose to be the godly influence and impact God wants you to be. Don’t accomplish everything else in life, and fail in pointing your kids in a right and godly direction.
Daily Scripture Reading
2 Kings 21 - 22