Being a parent is a truly awesome responsibility. It’s a rather scary thought, actually, to imagine standing before the throne of our Eternal Judge giving an account of our children’s lives. Many do not like to admit this terrifying fact, but parents are responsible for much of their children’s goodness or badness as the case may be.
So what can parents do to ensure that their children are good? How can we avoid the miserable fate that lies in store for irresponsible parent-failures?
We must simply teach our children the most important lesson: Life is all about saving your soul–everything else is just the details.
A good education? A good job? A good career? A financial success story? A happy life? An experience-rich life? A suitable partner? A beautiful family? Details. Every one of these things is just an insignificant detail in the big picture that is the salvation of our souls. Have we not been told to seek first the Kingdom of God, and then all of these things will be added to us?
This, then, is what we must teach our children. A good education et. al are important–yes–but not when compared to the salvation of our souls. Parents should stress this all-important aspect of life above everything else. After all, what doth it profit a man if he gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his soul?