The Importance of Investing in Your Children’s (Daughters’) Lives
I first heard this song on the radio shortly before Father’s Day, but Sanctus Real’s song, “Lead Me,” captivated me around the same time, and I forgot about this song. I heard this song again a couple of months ago on the radio and absolutely loved it and its message. This Wednesday, I heard it on the radio, and then they told me its title and songwriter/singer! Below is “Like That” by Eric Greene. He’s the Executive Music and Worship Director at The Summit Church of Birmingham in Trussville, AL.
Did you notice that last rendition of the chorus?
Won’t you pray with her?
Daddy, please stay with her,
And be there to hold her close when she’s afraid.
And 25 years from now, she will remember just how
It feels to know that her daddy loves her like that.
It means everything for you, Dad, to love her like that.
Eric Greene gets his lyrics from Scripture. God through Solomon in Proverbs 22:6 commands and promises: “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” In Deuteronomy 6:6-7, God commands through Moses: “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” In other words, parents are to raise their children in the Lord continually. Or, as Paul says in Ephesians 6:3, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
Parents, Church is a wonderful thing. Sermons are wonderful things. Both of these are commanded and ordained in Scripture, but God doesn’t want half-hearted, hypocritical obedience. The time we spend in church each week maybe amounts to 1/28th of our weekly time, and that is a very generous estimate of the time we spend singing worship songs and listening to sermons. Let me ask you: do you really think that giving God 1/28th of our time will lead to lives of godliness? No. Could God use that? Yes. But as he uses it, that time with him would by necessity increase! As many have said before me, “God loves us enough to take us as we are, but he loves us too much to leave us as we are.” God changes us. God conforms us to the image of his Son if we are truly his (Romans 8:29). Parents, God has ordained that you be the primary instrument of his grace to your children. Your children are your “heritage from the Lord” (Psalm 127:3).
Parents, when you stand before God and give an account of your life, what will your account look like regarding your children? Will our Lord say to you, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master” (Matthew 25:21)? Or will you only be able to say, “I’ve wasted it. I’ve wasted it”?
As John Piper says, “Don’t waste your life.” I’m telling you, Don’t waste your children. Your salvation does not guarantee theirs. But God will use your faithfulness in discipling them in order to draw them to himself. “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Or as Eric Greene sings: “25 years from now, she will remember just how it feels to know that her daddy loves her like that.”
Dads, it really does mean everything for you to love your children enough to pray with them, to stay with them, to hold them close when they’re afraid. You can never be perfect in this life, as the heavenly Father is perfect; but God calls you to be holy, even as he is holy. Show your kids the Father’s love. Pray with them, stay with them, be there for them. Love your children enough to invest in their life.
On just a personal note as an illustration, some of my fondest childhood memories are of going to play golf with my dad. He’s invested in my life (so has Mom, but this post is about fathers, primarily). He’s prayed with me before; he’s stayed with me in sicknesses and literally held me as I’ve gone through some particularly hard physical ailments (debilitating headaches and wisdom teeth surgery in particular, both this past spring). And that means the world to me. God shows us himself through his Word, the Bible … but dads, he’ll also show himself to your daughters—and your sons, as I can affirm—if you will show them his love by your actions. It means everything for you to invest in your children’s (daughters’) lives.
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