The righteous man walks in his integrity; his children are blessed after him. – Proverbs 20:7 NKJV
Our seven kids are all out of the home, so Jean and I are true empty nesters, just the two of us in our five-bedroom house (which still fills up on certain occasions, like every other Christmas)! Today’s and tomorrow’s devotionals are meant for you who are at the beginning of the parenting curve.
Christian airwaves are filled with advice on parenting. And Christian bookstores are packed with books on the same theme. The advice is very good and helpful—and I’m sure we would have benefited from some of it years ago. But two passages from the Bible have motivated me in my parenting, and, interestingly, they speak to my private life alone, not my child-rearing abilities in and of themselves.
Proverbs 20:7 reveals an edge that any parent can have in insuring that his children will be blessed: living a life of integrity. Integrity in business dealings... integrity in relationships... integrity in paying taxes!... and so much more. For many years, this verse has motivated me to live with honor and rectitude—if only that I might claim a blessing for my children. Nothing is more important to me than seeing my children follow our God and Savior.
We should be intimately engaged with our children as we instruct, guide, and guard them. But outside of that, simply living a life of honor confers a blessing on our children. That’s a winning edge! Dads, challenge yourselves to live with integrity, and then watch your children be blessed! Tomorrow I will share another edge in parenting.
Cottonwood Community Church
Grand Forks, North Dakota
One-Year Bible Reading
1 Kings 19:1-21
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