Dr. John Piper’s son wrote the article with the above title. It is well worth reading and you can do so by clicking here.
What is specially interesting to me is that Abraham Piper confesses he was a wayward child. (Pause) John Piper’s son was wayward! For some reason that really suprised me. I guess I fall into the category of thinking some people have perfect lives because of who they are and the success of their ministry. Just shows you how much I know…
I’m reminded of a quote by well known pastor Dr. David Jeremiah (Who also had a wayward child), “Parents take too much blame and too much credit for how their children turn out.”
Also remember that THE perfect Father (God) has wayward children Himself…
Thank you. I am feeling kinda insecure about my child-rearing abilities lately, especially when I am only able to do it “part-time”. That message from Abraham Piper was just what I needed to read. I appreciate your prayers for me and my family.
Thanks for the blog by Abraham Piper. You know we can apply that to all relationships, especially anyone who works with youth. I read through it once with my kids in mind. I read through it another time with teenagers in general in mind. The article is causing me to “ruminate.”
We all make mistakes… as do our children. That our kids mess up is not so much an indictment upon parenting skills as it is evidence of the presence of sin in our kids and that they are in the process of growing up and maturing. I have found the further I am removed from my own youthful mistakes the easier it is to forget the struggles I went through.
I too like Abraham’s article for his candor and wise reflections. The hope every parent has is that their children will… through all their mistakes and wanderings… be found in God and Christ! That is every parent’s constant prayer.