UNDERSTANDING THE TASK OF MY PARENTS
THE TASK OF MY PARENTS
Prepare me for a responsible adulthood
God reveals himself as a father; therefore, parents should reflect the nature of God in dealing with their children. In a parent’s heart, sweetness, love, understanding, mercy and provision are joined together. The love of parents must be the purest love.
The students shall understand that their parents have an eternal mission in their lives and therefore appreciate them.
The home is an area where the seeds sown in childhood germinate and bear fruit in the youth.
“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be upon thy heart; and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thy house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thy hand, and they shall be for frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the door-posts of thy house, and upon thy gates”. Deuteronomy 6:6-9.
“Train a child in his career; when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6.
Development of lesson
1- Prepare my life for a responsible adulthood, Proverbs 22:6.
The almighty God has entrusted your parents the task of preparing your life for a responsible adulthood. Their mission takes on eternal significance. However, at the same time it is a difficult task for them, they have to go out of their way for their children whom they love so much. No matter how difficult you may become, no matter how indifferent, no matter what course you may take in the future, they devote themselves to the privilege and responsibility of being your scrupulous, loving, involved, and communicative parents. (Proverbs 4:1).
Our parents want us to become responsible, satisfied, loving and happy adults; they try to give us the best education. (Proverbs 4:2). They strive to be the parents whose children acquire the reputation of being men and women of integrity: honest, ethical and hardworking. (Proverbs 4:3-6).
They want you to know how to withstand the pressures of drugs, alcohol, immorality, and dangerous morbid behavior of your friends. They want you to develop healthy friendships and earn your friends’ respect and admiration because of your attitude. (Proverbs 4:14-19). They want you to learn to admit your mistakes, forgive, be patient and make sure that you enjoy a sense of self-esteem and confidence. They want you to know the true meaning of life, the reality of things and the deceit of fantasy.
They want you to spend eternity in heaven with God and not tormented in a lake of fire. That’s why their mission is so extremely important, because they have to prepare you for that eternity that you’re going to live. However, the decision is yours. They work on you, but ultimately it is you who decides where to spend eternity. However, during the early stages of your life, they work hard to prepare you for the time when you will make your own decisions. (Proverbs 4:20-22)
2- Accepting responsibility, Deuteronomy 6:6- 9
When our parents got married, they dreamed of building the best home in the world, and to achieve this, they first had to work on the foundation. God blessed them when they got married and they both received the same degree of responsibility.
When they married, they did not know how to be parents; actually, nobody who gets married for the first time knows what it is to be a parent. That cannot be learned in school, it is learned along the path of parenting. You learn to be a father or mother through the experience you gain by trying and making mistakes. Someone said, “usually one does not get to be a parent until the children themselves are parents!” Raising children has never been easy and nowadays, the challenges of parenthood are greater than ever.
We live in a world that often poses a threat to marriage, family and children. We live in a culture that rejects the Bible truths and mocks biblical morality, exalts sex and violence, and celebrates drunkenness and swearing as if it was fun or entertainment.
Our parents are faced with the task of educating us in the midst of a culture in crisis. Parenting is one of the most critical needed tasks in life. So our parents are going to use all the resources necessary to protect us from the threatening influences.
Educating correctly requires the best of them, the most of their economic resources, their time and efforts. However, to us, the children who have never had the experience of being parents, this task looks very simple.
We are always complaining of our parents, we point out their errors, we judge and criticize them and don’t realize that they are actually trying to do the best job in the world; the issue is much more difficult than it seems. Being a parent is something difficult and complex!
Except the Lord build the house they labor in vain that build it…