“Blessed are all who fear the Lord,
who walk in obedience to him.
You will eat the fruit of your labor;
blessings and prosperity will be yours.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
around your table.
Yes, this will be the blessing
for the man who fears the Lord.
May the Lord bless you from Zion;
may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life.
May you live to see your children’s children—
peace be on Israel.”
Psalm 128 NIV
I will never forget a sermon from this passage of scripture I had the privilege of sitting under years ago. As I write I am remembering it may have been like twenty years ago!
WOW! Where has the time gone?
Do you remember the line from the song by The Steve Miller Band, Fly like an Eagle? It says; “Time keeps on slippin, slippin, slippin- into the future”. Are you hearing it in your head now? You are welcome!
Can I tell you something? It really does. Time slips past us before we realize where it has gone.
So, TWENTY years ago, the pastor at the church we were serving preached from this passage and I was glad he did! I could not begin to imagine how he would communicate the modern day relevance these ancient poetic words would mean for me. I was hungry for the Word of God in my heart, soul and mind, but I was also a youth pastor’s wife and a young mother of three boys ages five, four and two. I was tired and not excited about any more “fruitfulness” if you know what I mean. I was not in the mindset to “produce” anything other than clean laundry, the next meal and a semi-sane home.
The teaching of this passage greatly changed the concept I had about parenting that day. As our pastor explained, olive trees don’t become mature or begin to produce fruit until about the fifth year. It is then a full seven or eight years after planting when they are considered mature and fruitful and can then bear fruit for many years after. He then reminded us of our parenting parameters within the context of growing up men and women of God.
I was confronted that day with the highly influential position I was in to raise the boys God had granted us in our home. I understood one day they would be adults and I did not want them to grow up without the foundational truths of God’s unchanging character.
My eyes were opened that day to this fact:
I desired to see them be men of integrity and honesty, as well as to know God has chosen them and called them by name.
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
WOW! Twenty years have gone by very quickly. Time slipped into the future and I have awakened to Empty Nesting. I have wondered if I did enough to teach and train them in righteousness. I cannot claim to have done everything right or that I taught them carefully and diligently. But I wanted to. I wanted to be perfect. I wanted to get it right. The reality is I am not perfect and I failed much.
However . . .
Praise His Holy Name.
I am thankful our boys are finding God’s path for their lives. I am also thankful they are my best friends in the whole world. They are “Mama’s Boys” and check in with me regularly for which I am so grateful.
But what about you? Are you a parent? Are there kids in your sphere of influence?
How can we impact the next generation and beyond with the Word of God and His grace to us all?
We want to hear from you at Ask God Today Ministries in the comments below. We want to encourage you to inspire the next generation!
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