Our role as parentsBy Randell Tiongson on June 22nd, 2010
Train a child in the way he should go,
and when he is old he will not turn from it.
Proverbs 22:6, NIV
A few moments ago my my heart was filled with joy because of my 8 year old son Riggs. He got in our bed and in between my wife and I, got his bible and asked me where we stopped. My sons and I read the Bible together — I usually read to them but I also let Riggs read a few verses on his own as practice.
Earlier was a different scene — without prodding from me or my wife, Riggs said he wanted to read the Bible and he did so on his own. He just asked me where he should start and he started reading aloud on his own. He actually read the Parable of the Sower, quite lengthy for my son yet he persevered and completed the whole story.
As parents, we often think about the future of our children and in some cases, even worry about their future. Many times, we feel we want to do everything we can to ensure a bright future for them but we soon face the fact that when they are grown, there’s really not much we can do for them anymore. The best insurance for their future is teaching them the right values — from hard work to finances, from relationships to respect… and most especially, to love God more than anything else in their lives. When we take time and impress upon them these virtues, you can be assured that they will not only live successful and happy lives, they will live godly lives.
Oh by the way, as Riggs was reading out aloud, his younger brother Chino was near him and listening to his Kuya Riggs. In a short while, I am sure that Chino will follow in his Kuya’s steps… like Riggs did with her 2 older sisters.
As a parent, it can’t get any better than this. Thank you God for all these.