The Real Purpose of Parenting

Do you ever get overwhelmed with parenting tasks?

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What seems urgent gets your attention–carpooling, laundry, cub scouts, teaching kids about finances, just keeping the kids alive–but what’s important takes a back seat.

Sure, these all seem very urgent at the time. But I’d say they’re not most important (except for maybe keeping the kids alive…and even that’s debatable). What’s most important gets at the real the purpose of parenting.

According to the Westminster Confession, the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. I agree with this.

1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

Psalm 73:25-26 says, “Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.”

This is the point of life. Two things: Glorifying God, Enjoying God.

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With this in mind, I would say the purpose of parenting is to raise your children to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. It’s to acknowledge God’s supremacy, excellence, splendor, and magnificence, and to do all things in light of that glory…all the while delighting in God and taking joy in him and desiring God as the greatest reward, love, Father, and friend. It’s to say along with the psalmist,

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalm 73:25)

This is the point of life. So what makes you busy as a parent? It’s all details. They’re not insignificant details—they’re the means by which you glorify God. But they are just the means. It is so easy to make the means the main thing. I challenge you not to.

Keep in front of you your golden godly purpose—raising children to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.

Chris believes we're all looking for purpose and joy at work. He's the Vice President of Human Resources for EnergyCAP, Inc., where he helps employees to succeed. He's also a Certified Professional Life Coach and a Certified Gallup Strengths Coach. He loves to coach people, write, and speak around the topics of engagement, coaching, strengths, and growth. He blogs often at ChrisHeinz.com.

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