Wednesday 20 February 2013


A blog reader asked:

What do you do when you children go abroad for their tertiary, graduate and settle down in their new frontiers, and years down the road they raise their own families, build careers and sadly grow cold towards God and His purposes for them.

These are children who were built in the Word from young, had much experience growing in a church environment, and were dynamic ambassadors when they were still under their parents' roof.

My reply:

All the nurturing and good we do for our children do not guarantee that they will turn out well the way we expect. We just need to pray that, in His time, they will change. Be patient and cry out to God. Meanwhile, keep the lines of communication open with your children. Do not be judgmental as they are already grown up. Even Billy Graham's son was like that. And so are the children of many church leaders with whom I am acquainted.

Parenting, like art, requires different strokes for each child. Everyone is unique in personality and disposition — some children are strong-willed while others are compliant. As such, there is no one-size-fits-all formula in parenting.

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