What is the goal of parenting?
As believers in Jesus, we would say the goal of parenting is not necessarily that our kids would grow up to be powerful, wealthy or successful. These things can be good, but they can also be a curse. There are plenty of powerful people who use their power to make others miserable. There are plenty of wealthy people who waste their resources on self-indulgence. And there are successful people weighed down under the weight of their own popularity to the point of despair. In today's world our vision for our kids must be higher.
When they asked Jesus what the most important commandment was he responded by quoting the Bible
"Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates."
This is our goal as we parent our kids that the grow up to love God and to love their neighbors.
Parenting with this goal is full of questions and difficulty and we often we function out of misconceptions. But there is hope!
The gospel sets us free with the truth.
Soma Eastside is a community of people growing in this truth and the freedom that it brings. We hope you will join the journey with us!