Recently I was reading through the book of Titus. With all these thoughts about family and children in the back of my mind, I read chapter 2 with an entire new perspective -- that is, how it applies to my family. This is what I think God was teaching me:
- Verse 2 applies to me as a husband and father. I need to strive for self-control, reverence, being temperate, having faith, love, patience, and to be an example for my kids (verse 7).
- Verse 3-4 applies to Joanna as a wife and mother. She needs to be reverent, careful with her speech, and to teach what is good to our children. (It also says that she shouldn't be a drunk, but I think we're safe here.)
- Verses 5-8 give goals that we should have for our children:
- We need to teach our sons to live wisely, to know God's truth, to not be easily tempted, and to do good deeds and have good speech.
- We need to teach our daughter how to love her husband and children, to make good choices, to be sexually-pure, to be a homemaker (such as in this post), and to be good and kind.
Do you have goals for your children? What is your motivation for those goals?
-- Joey Espinosa