Thankful for My Children

by | Nov 27, 2017 | Vital Men Devotions

1 Timothy 3:4New International Version (NIV)

He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect.

Today my thankfulness goes to my children. My wife and I have 5 children between us. Two are married with 5 grandchildren and one on the way, to make that 6. We have one engaged to get married in the fall of 2018. We have two in college at Iowa State University. And, by the way, we have a puppy who is now taking a lot of our time.
There are 5 reasons today that I am thankful for my kids and grandchildren. I hope this will create interest and expression in your own hearts of how children bring gratitude into your life.
First, they keep me active. Even at 57, I want to stay active with my kids. We are planning a family vacation to Delta, Colorado next summer. We will be hiking, swimming, running, zip lining, and whatever it may be.
Next, they help me see the world like it was new. I love listening to my grandchildren and how they see the world from dogs to butterflies, they are intrigued in the newness of life and God’s creation.
Then, they amaze me with their willingness of adventure. We have a daughter who is headed to grad school. We have a son contemplating a church plant alongside his wife. We have a son who is working toward his career goals in health sciences. We have another son who is honing his management skills and making a difference where he works. We have a daughter who is actively engaged in the growth of her church ministry alongside her husband.
Also, they make me a better person. They have taught me to be more gentle and patient. They have helped me improve as a listener.
Finally, they give me hope. My kids and grandkids give me hope in the generations that are coming. They are all on a journey with Jesus, and each is unique. I am glad I get to see their journeys.
Hopefully, there few reasons will bring you to think of your thankfulness in your heart because of the lives of your children.
Strength and Courage

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