I am not the perfect parent. For those who know me—especially my family—that is not a surprising statement. God blessed my wife and I with twins nearly nineteen years ago. It has been our desire to shepherd their hearts towards the Lord throughout their lives. Now as sophomores in college, we are still shepherding them and greatly enjoying these years as a family.
Looking back there are three general values we have held for parenting. We did not purposefully determine these, nor write them down, but they are what we strived for. By God’s grace, our children are saved, baptized, members of our church, serving in a variety of ways, and preparing to serve the Lord more in their adult lives. They see many of the problems within general Christianity that we do, and it concerns them greatly. They do not think identically to us, but it seems that they are following the general spiritual path we have tried to forge for them. And for that, we are thankful.