Hire
Writers
Editors
Home Tour About Read What's New Help Forums Join
My Account Login
Shop
Save
Support
E
Book
Store
Learn
About
Jesus
  



The HOME for Christian writers! The Home for Christian Writers!
The Official Writing Challenge

BACK TO
CHALLENGE
MAIN

INSTRUCTIONS

how it works
submission rules
guidelines for
choosing a level

ENTRIES

submit your entry
read current entries
read past entries
challenge winners



Our Daily Devotional HERE
Place it on your site or
receive it daily by email.





TRUST JESUS TODAY

TRY THE TEST



Share
how it works   Submit

Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Parent (11/16/06)

TITLE: Mommy and Daddy
By Paul Etterling
11/23/06


 LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE
 SEND A PRIVATE COMMENT
 ADD TO MY FAVORITES

ďAnyone can be a mother or father, but not everyone is a mommy or daddy.Ē This was the statement made by my wife during a conversation that we engaged in concerning the family. The primary focus of her statement was our nephew who has lived a very hard life. For eleven years his father has been absent with virtually no contact with him. His mother has chosen a lifestyle that has often placed our nephew on the back burner.

What a profound statement! It does not take a lot of time or effort to father or mother a child. But, it takes a lifetime of effort and energy to be a mommy or daddy. So, what does it take to be a mommy or daddy? Specifically, what does the Bible teach us about being a mommy and daddy?

First, it takes love (Titus 2:4). The love of a mommy and daddy will speak volumes to the child. There is no greater security in a childís life than to know that he or she is loved. The love of a mommy and daddy causes them to play with, protect, provide for, pray for and discipline their child. This is takes time and energy and may not always be pleasant. However, love is the overarching principle that will determine how well we do theses things.

Secondly, it takes training (Proverbs 22:6; Ephesians 6:4). It is not the responsibility of the Church or a Christian school to provide our children with Biblical training and instruction. This responsibility primarily rests upon us as parents. Take time to read Bible stories to your children. Help them memorize scripture. Take time to discuss different situations of life and why they are right or wrong. Every Sunday on the way home from church, talk to your kids about what they learned. Pray with them.

Thirdly, it takes careful attention (Ephesians 6:4). It is the responsibility of the parents, specifically daddy, to not provoke their children to wrath. Many families have been torn apart by the neglect of the parentís toward their children. As a result, the children are many times driven to gain attention. What better way to gain attention than to do something drastic and perhaps even revengeful. Donít speak harsh words toward your child. Take time to listen to them and respond appropriately. Donít crowd them out of your schedule by a packed worked, social, and church schedule.

What will be the result? As our children grow and mature, they will remember the lessons that you have taught them. They will remember the time that you poured into them. They will bless you and speak well of you to all they meet (Proverbs 31:28). That makes it worth it all!


The opinions expressed by authors may not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.
If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be right now. CLICK HERE

JOIN US at FaithWriters for Free. Grow as a Writer and Spread the Gospel.


This article has been read 427 times
Member Comments
Member Date
Myrna Noyes11/29/06
You are so correct that almost everyone can be a biological or adoptive parent, but not all of these will also fulfill the true role of Mommy or Daddy!


I noticed a couple typos and one common puctuation mistake ("parent's" instead of "parents"), but you had a very good message to share!

Thank you! :)