Tim and I have been reading a book that was recommended by one of our pastor friends: Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp. Right now I am about a quarter of the way through the book, and I have found myself getting overwhelmed at the complexity of parenting. This is going to be hard! It's a lot of responsibility. It's scary.
Here's an excerpt to illustrate:
"What your children need is spiritual nurture. They need to be taught the ways of God. They need to be instructed in the character of God so that they can learn a proper fear of God. They need to understand that all of life rushes toward the day when we shall stand before God and give account. They need to learn about the pervasive effects of the fall on the human condition. They need to understand the subtleties of the malignancy of their own hearts. They need to know the dangers of trusting in themselves. They need answers to the great problems of life. They need to understand the difference between presuppositional thinking and empiricism. In short, they need nurturing instruction."
What a tremendous responsibility.
If anyone is looking for a helpful book on parenting with a Biblical perspective that will really make you think, this is a good one. :-)