Something we all have in common? Parents. We all have a mother and a father. Male and female came together and God played a roll by giving the breath of life. You were not born from two women or two men. Neither were you born from a man dressing up to look like a woman or a woman dressing up to look like a man.
Not all parents are good parents. Some parents abandon their children, others beat their children, some even kill their children. And some give their children up out of love. Look at Moses. His parents gave him up out of love. Samuel’s mother gave him up at about 12 years old so Samuel would sit under Eli the priest and learn about God.
According to the dictionary, parent’s duties are to maintain, protect and educate their children. But God requires more from parents. Proverbs 22:6 KJV
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
Train means to bring them along, to draw them by act or persuasion. To form by instruction or practice. It is not just giving a list of dos and don’ts. Children often mimic their parents. Children will speak the way their parents speak, act the way their parents act or do things they have seen or heard their parents have done. Even sin the sins of their parents.
The word parents only appears in the New Testament and about 21 times. In the Old Testament God addresses parents as mother and father.
We know the first “institution” God established is the family – Adam and Eve. When God established the family, before the fall, God gave instructions to both Adam and Eve as one family unit:
~ Be fruitful
~ Replenish the earth
~ Subdue it ( the earth )
~ Have dominion (rule & authority) over
a) the fish of the sea
b) the fowl of the air
c) every living thing moving on the earth
Genesis 1:26-28 KJV “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”
After the fall the instructions to male and female were altered.
Genesis 3:16-19 KJV “Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art , and unto dust shalt thou return.”
Adam and Eve then had children and became a mother and father. And as Malachi tells us, God is our Father
Malachi 2:10 KJV “Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?”
We also know Satan is a father. And Jesus made it clear there is more than just earthly parents. John 8:42-47 KJV
“Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?
 He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.”
We have a duty to teach and train our children in God’s ways and to educate, protect and provide for our children. And as much as we sow into our children determines their path and direction through life. I know God can not lie. I also know when children grow up and go out on their own, more often than not, they have this new sense of freedom. Many times they make decisions that may not be the best decisions. But ask yourself, how did your parents respond to your poor decisions? God, as our Heavenly Father is always there to help us if we ask.
Remember, what you sow, you reap parents. If you do not sow quality time with your children growing up, don’t expect them to spend time with you when they are grown.
As many of my regular readers know, I did not have a father growing up. He left my mother for other women and if I saw him 5 times in my life, that is a lot. I asked God one day, how can I understand you as my heavenly Father when I don’t know what a father is? God showed me Psalm 68:5 KJV “A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.” I cling to that verse.
Parents make mistakes and are not perfect. But know this, your children are watching you and they are paying attention, even if you are not.
Until next time.
Saw this photo and thought it was appropriate.