By: Tim Sader
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. (Proverbs 22:6)
Now that we finished our year devoted to praise and worship I would like to share my story by looking at the people and experiences that have shaped my life. The story of me starts off quite similar to many people’s story. I was born into a household with a mother and father who were recently married. They were still getting used to being together when I came into their life. I was their first child and only child for my first three years. Like all parents they had a lot to learn but most of it came to them naturally as we grew into a family. Those first few years of life parents are by far the most influential people in our lives. We could not sustain our life without them or someone to care for us. My parents were not perfect as most parents are not. There were many difficult moments and important life decisions being made all around me. I was born in West Allis, WI and we lived in half an old farm house divided into apartments. Before I was one we moved in with my dad’s parents in WI. Then we moved to an apartment in MN for about six months. Still in MN, we stayed with my mom’s parents while my dad was away at Marine Corp training. We lived there until my brother was born and we could not be relocated to Japan with the Marines. From the time with their own parents my parents learned responsibility and got their priorities straight. Not only did they become responsible adults; they also learned more about the Lord and dedicated their lives to Him. Because their parents showed them the way to go I was stated off going that way too. As I’ve gotten older I realize I have never completely departed from the ways of the Lord that I had learned from before I can remember.
From young age I understood that God knit me together in my mother’s womb. I knew to praise Him because I was fearfully and wonderfully made me (Ps. 139:13-14). My mother while praying for things concerning me would say to God the fruit of my womb is a reward. I remember being expected to listen to what my parents said without questioning them. I knew that obeying my parents was a command from God and that my life would be better if I did. My parents had no unreal rules for me to follow I was brought up in the training and instruction of the Lord (Eph. 6:1-4). It wasn’t difficult to follow rules but if I was caught lying, arguing or using bad words I was punished. After finding out I had Muscular Dystrophy it might have been easy not to but my parents knew the rod of discipline was a necessary part of my raising me (Prov. 13:24). As a child I didn’t get everything I wanted but I never remember not having what I needed in life or to have a happy childhood. I was taught not to worry about what to eat, drink or wear because if God cares for the birds he would always meet our needs (Lk. 12:22-24). I knew how to act in life because my parents loved me and did their best to teach me godly values.
Not everyone had a childhood knowing their parents loved them. I feel the Lord wants them to know they are lovable and He loves them. Not everyone had parents in the traditional sense but they must remember the ones who filled that space in their life. In spite of how we were parented each of us has the responsibility to parent experiences or people who need our help. We all have the perfect parent in the Lord. If we focus on His love and learning from Him what we didn’t get physically is available to us through His Spirit. That is how we parent whatever we influence.
Lord, help us to look to you as our Father so we can learn what it looks like to have and to be perfect parents. Help us to be obedient to your training and instruction because it is pleasing to you and may we never depart from it. In Jesus name, Amen.
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