Just like every child, I am biased. But I’m so confident I’m 100% right that I would bet pretty much anything, because…
I have the BEST PARENTS IN THE WORLD! Here’s a picture of them. Aren’t they the best?!
Granted, I didn’t get to pick them, even though I totally would. [The great thing is they DID pick me, which I think is pretty cool.]
Anyways, did you know there is a NATIONAL holiday dedicated to parents, not just mothers or fathers, but BOTH parents? Lesser known holidays are always fun to learn more about, like “Squirrel Appreciation Day” (Jan. 21), “Napping Day” (Mar. 12), “Corn on the Cob Day” (Jun. 11), or “Eat an Extra Dessert Day” (Sept. 4). Yes, these are all U.S. holidays. Google it!
Okay, out of that rabbit hole and back to the real world.
National Parent’s Day is the fourth Sunday in July, which means it’s the 22ndthis year. It was established in 1994 for President Clinton, for “recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children.” I seriously think it’s a great idea, and now that I am aware of it have dedicated a post specifically to all the hardworking, dedicated parents out there.
Let’s dive right in and talk about Christian fathers and mothers according to the Bible.
Fathers are a source, they provide, they correct, and they love.
Fathers can be a source of our genetic makeup, if they are biologically ours. God however is the ultimate source of our lives. He “knew us before we were conceived and formed us in the womb” (Jeremiah 1:5).
Fathers are providers, they find joy in giving to their children. Jesus explained this when He said, “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11).
Fathers provide correction. Even though we as children don’t like being disciplined, research shows it fosters security knowing our parents love us enough to correct us. Good parents mirror the fatherhood of God when they correct us. “The Lord disciplines those He loves, and He punished everyone He accepts as a son.” (Hebrews 12:6).
Fathers also show and give love. When fathers look into the eyes of their children, they know they will love the child no matter what. “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1).
More verses about God as our Father: Matthew 6:9-13; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Galatians 4:6; Hebrews 12:5-11; and 1 John 3:1, 9-10.
Being a mother, requires both kindness and discipline. But ask any mother, and it can be hard to balance the maternal instinct to protect your child from harm but also equip the child for life as an adult. Titus 2:4 reminds mothers to love their children; while Psalm 78:5-6 advises her to train her children to love godly live and Proverbs 22:6 promises if they are raised up "the way they should go, and they will not turn from it."
Part of a mother's responsibility in equipping and training her children is to explain and embody the character and holiness of God (Deuteronomy 6:4-7), even if the child rejects everything to do with God. It's comforting to know that God also struggles with rebellious children, doesn't it?
the Bible does not reserve motherhood only for women with biological children. Judges 5:7 identifies Deborah, a judge and prophet, as "a mother in Israel," but she was also a mother to Israel. Mothers can follow Deborah's example to encourage, nurture, and train those around them to live mature, effective, and God-honoring lives.
Motherhood is not the only responsibility of a Christian woman. She is a child of God (Romans 8:14), a respectful wife (Ephesians 5:33), and an essential part of her local church (1 Corinthians 12:4-31).
There are so many areas in our lives where our parents have influenced us, listened to us, encouraged us, and loved us. They have been there for us through thick and thin.
But wait, what about the parents who aren't described above? The ones who weren't there for us, who didn't make us feel secure and loved? Those are the parents, we as Christians, need to be encouraging and praying for. It hurts my heart to think about the children who don't have two support parental figures.
I challenge you to open your eyes, pay attention to the children in your life, are there any that come to mind immediately? Because those are the ones I encourage you to reach out to. Take them to the park, to get ice cream, or even to the movies. Start building a relationship, become the positive Christian role model they need in their life.
While getting things ready for this post, I came across a list titled “10 Reasons Why Your Parents Are The Most Important People In Your Life.” Take a look at the list below.
Happy (early) Parent’s Day Momma and Papa Wheeler! And all the other influential mommas and papas!
Let me know in the comments about your parents and how important they are to you!
Jesus lover, wife, momma, teacher, and hopeful writer.