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Ambition for Our Children

As a Christian parent, my primary responsibility is to prepare my children for eternity.

A few years ago, I read a small book titled Humility: True Greatness by C.J. Mahaney that someone let me borrow to read. I guess this person thought I needed help in this area! The book shed light on many areas of my life where pride resides. I was made aware of the fact that we must have people in our lives that care for our souls. In my seminary years in Louisville, KY, Brooke and I were fortunate to be a part of a Soul Group with our church. This was a group designed to care for each other's spiritual well-being. The four couples helped my wife and me to see our pockets of spiritual blindness that, left alone, we would never have been able to see.

Hebrews 3:12-13 states, "Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called "today," that none of you may be hardened by deceitfulness of sin."

The author of Hebrews tells us that we must help one another see areas in our lives where sin resides. I am writing about this to you because of parenthood. Brooke and I have four children Isaac (12), Grace (11), Josie (8), and Annabelle (6). We are so blessed to have them in our lives, and we thank God for entrusting them to us to raise. It is a great joy for us to partner with ECS in educating and training them.

In the last chapter of the book, Mahaney discusses our ambitions for our children. It caused me to think about our ambition for our kids as adults and whether or not our ambitions are biblical. Many times we want our children to become ___________ (you fill in the blank). As a Christian parent, my primary responsibility is to prepare Isaac, Grace, Josie, and Annabelle for eternity. This is a large concept and a lifelong journey, but I believe that it is biblical.

Mahaney poses a penetrating question: Are any of your ambitions for your child more important to you than their cultivation of humility and servanthood – the basis for true greatness as biblically defined? This question was like a bullet that whizzed by my head. It really caused me to think and meditate about whether or not my ambition for our children was God-centered. I realized I needed to have a paradigm shift in my thinking about parenthood. Our ambitions for our children are a reflection of our heart.