The Aim of Christian Parenting

Sometimes being a parent gets me all dizzy and frazzled.

There are so many things to focus on – meeting physical needs, acting as referee between the kids, staying current on schoolwork and extracurriculars, giving them skills for life. On top of that, it would be nice to have fun together.

But Galatians 4:19 reminds me what’s most important as a Christian parent.

The Apostle Paul writes, “My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you, how I wish I could be with you…”

So despite the daily urgencies that demand attention, what is utmost is to form Christ in my kids.

I have prayed on occasion for God to raise my kids in Christ and you know what I sensed Him saying back?

“You do it, they’re your kids.”

This is the aim of Christian parenting – to form, with the aid of the Holy Spirit, Christ in our kids.

With Christ as their Lord, they’ll have ALL they need; and with Christ as their Affection, they’ll have ALL they want; and with Christ as their King, they’ll have the right ambitions.

As a parent, this brings me peace.

If you have ideas on how to form Christ in our kids, I’d love to hear from you.


Chris Heinz is the Founder and CEO of Munyay, which creates coaching tools to help you love your life and work. He's also the Vice President of Human Resources for EnergyCAP, Inc. and is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation, a Certified Professional Life Coach, and a Certified Gallup Strengths Coach. Chris enjoys coaching people, writing, and speaking on the topics of engagement, coaching, and strengths. He blogs often at

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