“I HAVE NO GREATER JOY THAN TO HEAR THAT MY CHILDREN WALK IN TRUTH.” 3 John 1:4. Often we are asked, isn’t it hard for you to have your son and grandchildren so far away? I have heard parents say, “I don’t want my child far away on the mission field!” Can I ask why? We are amazed that God wants to use our children or us for that matter. It is very humbling that THE GOD OF ALL THE UNIVERSE will use any of us but for God to choose my daughter and my son to be servants in His vineyard is about the most humbling, exciting thing in all the world. No doubt, it is one of the greatest blessings He has given to us.
Do I miss them? Of course we miss them. And we have pity party moments — not hours, not days. We turn our thoughts from ‘our wanting to see them’ to praise that God is allowing them to be used. FaceTime allows us the opportunity to sit down with our children and grandchildren. Seeing them is a great help and hearing how God is opening doors and giving them wisdom in learning Hindi, and on and on. Our visits are the best.
Just think, Mom, what an honor it is that our children and grandchildren have been given the opportunity to serve God in a far away place. They are able to see and do things that most people will never see or do. Our grandchildren are receiving the greatest education. They are learning another language. They live and experience a world we could never give them. May we never be guilty of desiring our children to obey our wishes rather than God’s command. When God places children in our care, it is only temporary. It is our responsibility to teach and train them to serve God. We discipline them for not sharing toys when they are small. We don’t want them to be selfish and yet we model selfishness daily before them asking them to stay near us. Dear Mom, if you have a daughter or son who is leaning towards missions, fall down before God and thank Him for placing His Hand on your child and determine to encourage them. Do we as parents really want to stand before God for the souls who may go hell because of our selfish desires?
May our prayer today be, “Lord, please use me, Lord, please use my children.” No greater joy than to see our children walk in truth!