This World or the Next?

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February 13, 2018 was a time that USA Olympian Chloe Kim will never forget. 17 year old Chloe Kim won her first ever gold medal in women’s halfpipe. Her father and mother were overjoyed to see her succeed and represent her country.

The next day a picture of her father proudly smiling at the Olympics was twittered. An NBC commentator commented on the picture. The commentator said, “There is no greater joy as a parent than to see your daughter win a gold medal.”

The line hit me, “no greater joy as a parent than to see your daughter win a gold medal.” As a father of three children, what is my greatest joy as a parent?

In which world am I training my child to succeed?

If it is this world, I should save every penny to send them to the best school possible, to sacrifice my time to make sure they have everything they need to succeed either in sports or academics. But if I am training them to succeed in the next world, do I care if they are the best athlete, do I care if they have all straight A’s, and do I care if the fit in with the hip crowd.

Am I training my children to be defined by their talents or career choice or am I training them that being a person of godly character who pursues Christ as their greatest reward  is the highest goal?

III John 3:4- “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”

Dear God, as a father it is easy to define success in earthly terms. I want my children to be successful, but I want that success to be defined by Your Word. Forgive me for getting my priorities out of a line from Your truth. May I teach my children that there is no greater joy than to walk in the truth of God.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

-Tim Yorgey

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