A Parent’s Greatest Joy

“It gave me great joy to have some brothers come and tell about your faithfulness to the truth and how you continue to walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” (3 John 2–4). 

My Musings – Had a good chuckle on this one. My son will be 36 this year. It reminded me of the first time (several years ago now), when I heard him say (referring to young adults) “kid’s nowadays.” Up to that time, I probably still thought of him as a kid himself. But he has grown into a fine young man, making his own decisions as any adult is expected to do.

Parents (hopefully), work hard to make sure that their children grow up to be responsible adults. Yet we see plenty examples these days of irresponsibility. This may be partly due to their upbringing, but adults are accountable for their own choices and actions. Society is not to blame. Circumstances are not to blame. All of us must bear the responsibility, and the consequences, for our choices. Just to be clear, this is not just the case with “young adults.” It applies equally to people like me who are “chronologically mature.”

My Advice – “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” If your parents are still with you, live your life in a way that they could say this about you. If you have children , model a life before them that paves the way. If your parents have passed on, or if you have no children to be a model for, live a life in a way that brings joy to the LORD.