Today we are moving Caleb, our son, into an apartment in Arkadelphia for his last couple of years of college. He is so excited about the idea of being on his own. On Monday we take Danielle, our daughter, to Fort Worth for her seminary experience. She should be there for two years then off to the international mission fields. What emotions run through my mind. Lisa and I will be in our house by ourselves for the most part now. I start asking myself if I have done a good job raising my children. Have I prepared them for the real world? Will they be able to survive? Have I taught them to trust God properly?
Proverbs 22:6 (ESV)
6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
I know that these questions will be answered in time. I also know that they are responsible to learn what they have been taught. As the saying goes, “you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make him drink.” I pray that their desires to follow the Lord’s leading will control their decision making and thought processes along the way.
When you think about all the opportunities of teaching you have with your children over the years, you just pray you used them wisely. I know that my children tell me that Lisa and I did a good job. I hear other people tell me that we did a good job. Now comes the true test.