3 Destructive Thoughts Video provided by: Josh McDowell Ministry
You know there’s some lines of thought that are so destructive when it comes to parenting.
Destructive line of thought #1: I’ll work hard now and be able to play later.
One line of thought is this: Well I’ll work hard now and be able to play later. You know what? That’s a delusion. I’ve hardly ever met a business man or woman who said, “Well, I’ll work hard now, and then once I get the business going and everything, and then I’ll play. Then I’ll spend time with the kids. You know what happens? By the time you get around to spending time with your children, they are busy and they don’t have time to spend with you.
By the time you get around to spending time with your children, they may not have time to spend with you.
Destructive line of thought #2: God’s sovereignty covers all mistakes.
God’s sovereignty does cover the mistakes we make, but I’ll tell you this: The mistakes we make have a profound impact upon our children. The mistakes we make have a profound impact upon our children. If you go through life with the excuse, well I’m just going to make a lot of mistakes, and that’s ok because you know God is sovereign. He’ll make up for it. Well let me tell you, your child will suffer because of that.
Destructive line of thought #3: I just don’t have time!
If you don’t have time for your children, then you don’t have time for anything.
It takes time, and I’ll tell you this: when you get about 60 years old, maybe retired or what, it’s pretty hard to climb up to your former job and really be satisfied and comforted. But let me tell you, when your children come home and they hug you and say, “Daddy, I love you. Let’s go golfing today. Let’s go out for dinner tonight. Let’s go on vacation.” Those are the things that will comfort you, not the job you had your whole life. You will NEVER regret spending time with your children. Anyone who spends time with their child will never regret it. It will almost always, always come back to bless you.
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