by Rick Ferguson


Ephesians 6:4

Without a doubt, one of the most difficult jobs we
are ever called upon to do as a Christian is that of
being a Parent. Being a parent is both a blessing and
a burden.

Ex. Nothing in life brings more joy, pride and fulfillment
to a husband and wife than their children. The Bible
expresses the fact that one of the greatest joys to
be experienced in life is that of raising children.

Psalm 127:3-5 "Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord:
and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
As arrows are in the hand of a mighty
man; so are children of the youth.
Happy is the man that hath his quiver
full of them: they shall not be ashamed,
but they shall speak with the enemies
in the gate."

Most of us center our entire lives around our children,
because we love them so very much and because they
bring such joy and blessing into our lives. Jesus loves

Jesus said, "Suffer the little children, and forbid them
not, to come unto me; for of such is the
kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 19:14)

Children are certainly a blessing.

Children are also a burden. Any parent that takes
the job of parenting seriously lives with a constant burden
for the wellbeing of his or her children: You want what
is best for them; you want them to grow up to be happy,
productive, Christ-honoring people. Every decision you
make in life is governed by this goal of raising your
children to be all God wishes for them to be. That

Copyright © 1995 by Dr. Rick E. Ferguson.
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is why you lay awake worrying about them at night;
that's why you take them places, give them things,
and teach them lessons--because you sense a great burden
for them. You want them to develop into what God
has designed for ...

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