God is the absolute judge of how well our children are doing that His standards examine the character and faith of our young people, and His ways are often not facilitated by many of the activities we promote or endorse, regardless of our ignorance or good intentions.1
What does God measure? Our hearts. He created us to love, serve, and obey Him. So He studies the indicators of our devotion to Him. As parents, then, our job is to raise spiritual champions. That does not mean we are supposed to ignore the significance of developing our children’s intellectual, emotional, and physical dimensions. But it suggests that we have to see the bigger picture of God’s priorities and raise our children in light of His standards, not ours or society’s.2
As a parent, I know it can be easy to fall into success that our culture deems necessary, from athletics to education. Our those choices bad? No, and Yes.
No, because those areas are important for children’s physical and mental growth. We should want our children to be healthy physically and able to be intelligent. Those are not bad wants, but if we allow those to be the primary than those areas become idols. It is more necessary for our children to grow to love God, and to live according to His standards.
I do believe that if God is the primary in the lives of our children; than whatever they do for physical or mental activities will be successful because it brings glory to God.
Barna, George (2010-09-01). Revolutionary Parenting: Raising Your Kids to Become Spiritual Champions (Kindle Locations 294-295). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition. ↩
Barna, George (2010-09-01). Revolutionary Parenting: Raising Your Kids to Become Spiritual Champions (Kindle Locations 299-303). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition. ↩