One of the greatest blessings that comes into our life happens when our children grow up and walk in God’s will. This should not surprise us. Solomon wrote about this wonderful gift to parents centuries ago in the book of Proverbs. On one occasion he wrote—“The father of a righteous son will rejoice greatly, and one who fathers a wise son will delight in him. Let your father and mother have joy, and let her who gave birth to you rejoice.”
Throughout Proverbs, Solomon described the positive and negative emotions we as parents feel because of our children’s behavior—often in the same proverb. We can experience “joy” or “heartache,” “sorrow” and “grief,” and “bitterness.”
Interestingly, Solomon used more words to describe negative emotions when our children walk out of the will of God. This is understandable since when our children live in sin, it’s one of the most painful experiences in our lives. Few events hurt as badly as watching children persistently live self-destructive lives.
Here’s the principle that grows out of these proverbs. It’s really directed to children. Thus, as children, we should live in the will of God so that we will bring happiness into our parent’s lives rather than sadness and sorrow.
What kind of gift are you giving to your parents? It’s never too late to bring them joy and happiness. If you’re walking out of the will of God, confess your sin—seek forgiveness—apologize and ask forgiveness if necessary—and then let your parents know. It will be the greatest and most wonderful gift you can give.