(Proverbs 23:24 KJV) The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him.
As I write it is Christmas Eve and New Years is around the corner. My son is home and we will talk to my daughter and son in law on Skype some time this evening. When I think about the blessings of my life they tend to be a focal point. I can’t take any credit for my son in law but am glad to include him in the mix.
The real responsibility for children growing up and being righteous is in the choices they make. There is only so much we can do for them. Ultimately they must decide which way they are going in life. So far that has gone well.
At the same time, the real responsibility is for us as parents to live righteous lives in front of them and behind their backs. They see how we live. The chances of them following in our footsteps are more likely if our walk is consistent. If you are a friend or extended family member it may be your example that makes the difference.
So? “Rejoice” (1513) if they make the right choices. Rejoice twice if you have lived as you should. It has paid off.