Several years ago, Ken Griffey Jr. couldn’t make it to “The Player Choice Awards” to receive the “Player of the Decade” award. He beat out three-time MVP winner Barry Bonds and four-time Cy Young Award winner, Greg Maddux for the honor. The award is a big deal. He joins the ranks of baseball greats Wagner, Cobb, Ruth, Foxx, Williams, Mantle, Mays, Rose, and Schmidt.
Why couldn’t he go? Trey, his 5-year-old son had a baseball game that night – his first, and Ken Griffey Jr. didn’t want to miss it.
Parents, it is admirable and important to want to be a part of our children’s lives – to be there for the big moments in their lives. Our children need us to be there. Many parents sorrowfully regret the time lost with their children – time lost that could have been avoided if their priorities were in the right order. As important as it is to be involved in our children’s lives, it is much more important, and vital, to be involved in their spiritual lives. We need to be preparing our children for heaven! This is a parent’s most important duty!
Hell is real, and many will spend an eternity there because their parents did not love their children enough to “bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4). As important as football and various school functions are to children and parents – religious functions are more so. In the words of Solomon, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Pro. 22:6).
How are important are your children to you? How important are your children’s eternal soul to you?
Think About It!
Have A Great Day!