When I was born my father was an atheist and my mother a disillusioned Methodist. However, I never knew those two people, for my earliest memories blaze with their passion for Yahshua and their total dedication to His call on their lives. This had a profound and ongoing effect on me; sometimes life was amazing and sometimes it was extraordinarily difficult. My parents were not perfect, by any means. They had their problems and difficulties; their weaknesses and their strengths; their disappointments and their trials – which also affected me. Nevertheless, parenting (we are told) doesn’t have to be perfect, just good enough! Being the child of believing parents does have distinct advantages; I grew up under the shadow of Calvary and in the security of my parent’s faith, and it influenced all my decisions, affected all my desires, and challenged me regularly. Along with parenting that was ‘good enough’, these influences and advantages set my feet on the ancient path of salvation and service that I have walked all my life.
I was musing on a thought-provoking proverb recently, “Whoever fears [Yahweh] has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge”. (Proverbs 14:26 NIV) Proverbs is a fascinating book, packed with wise advice, instructions and observations that still resonate today. Is this proverb an observation? I love the way it describes respect for Yahweh as being a ‘secure fortress’, with an off-shoot of refuge for our children. How stable, how safe it sounds! Unnoticed by us, the very fact that we honour and worship the Most High will put a haven of security into the lives of our children. As this world hurtles towards the end of the age, it is one of the greatest gifts we can give them.