This morning I’m sitting in my office thinking about the change ahead for our family. On Wednesday we leave for Nashville to take Herk (that’s what we’ve called Shane since he was a toddler) to the Art Institute. Crazy how fast 18 years can go by. I’ve got a ton of memories that I will always cherish. I could not be prouder of my son and the man he has become.

As you look back, as a parent, you begin to wonder if you did everything you were supposed to do. A couple of nights ago Laura and I were doing just that. What I came to realize was the world defines parenting success a lot different than God does. I began to reflect back on all Herk’s accomplishments and successes. He’s had success in athletics, music, graphic arts, etc. But, that’s not what I’m most proud of. I’m most proud of the fact that he’s leaving home and he loves Jesus. In the end, that’s all that matters to me as a dad. That’s been my #1 goal since the moment he came into this world. I just wanted him to grow up and follow Jesus. If he follows Jesus there’s nothing that can stop him. As I began to reflect on Herk’s childhood I came to the realization that there is only one thing that matters.

It doesn’t matter if…

  • Your child graduates high school but graduates from their faith.
  • Your child is on the honor roll but doesn’t honor Jesus.
  • Your child is the smartest kid in the class but knows nothing about Jesus.
  • Your child spends a lot of time on the athletic field but not much time in the house of God.
  • If your child knows more about Harry Potter or Hanna Montana than they do about Jesus.

All that matters is…

  • Your child embraces Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.

Parents never forget that your main job is to raise your child to place their faith, trust, and hope in Jesus Christ. When that happens…you’ve succeeded!

2 thoughts on “Herk

  1. A beautiful and powerfully written message, one that you should preach as well as blog. The bulleted list is right on and you need to share this with everyone so that we have our priorities right as parents. It serves as a wake up call to those still parenting that it’s never too late. This needs to be give to every expectant mother and dad too, how awesome it would be to have this at the very beginning so that they started off on solid biblical ground bringing up their new baby!

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