I’m a parent and I can tell you what brings joy and deep satisfaction to my heart – It’s when my children exhibit the values we’ve taught them, demonstrate responsible behavior, and live by the godly principles that are stressed in Scripture. I’m forever grateful that I had parents that taught me those things and stressed them in our home as we were growing up. If you had godly parents you were indeed fortunate. If you didn’t, I pray that you’ve had spiritual mentors that functioned like godly parents in your life!
So what is it that will make godly parents proud and generate joy and satisfaction in their hearts? I read about it this morning during my Bible reading in Proverbs…
“My son [or daughter], if your heart is wise, my heart too will be glad. My inmost being will exult when your lips speak what is right. Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear [reverence] of the LORD all the day. Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off! Hear, my son [or daughter], and be wise, and direct your heart in the right way… Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old. Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding! The parents of the righteous will greatly rejoice; those who have a wise son [or daughter] will be glad in them. Let your father and mother be glad; let her who bore you rejoice. My son [or daughter], give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways!” (From Proverbs 23:15–26 ESV)
I’ve got to tell you, as a Christian, God-fearing parent, that’s the kind of thing that will “make my buttons pop” with legitimate pride, the behaviors that will produce great satisfaction, and the lifestyle that will generate joy in my heart!
But somehow, in all of this, I also hear the echo of our Heavenly Father’s heart! It describes, more than anything else, what will make Him happy! And I don’t know about you, but I want His approval first and foremost! I want to bring joy to His heart more than anything else!