Summary: If future generation are to take on the character of God, we must mark for them our own quest.
What Parents Owe Their Children
A Quest for Character
November 4, 2001
This series isn’t about parenting. I do hope this helps those of us who are raising children…
But it’s really about living out our key principles of our faith in front of the children in our lives!
We want to talk about character…
- character in public life
- character in the schools
- character in the office place
- character in marriage
Famous quotes regarding character:
- Ralph Waldo Emerson – “Character is that which can do without success.”
- Dwight L. Moody – “Character is what a person is in the dark.”
- Charles Spurgeon – “A good character is the best tombstone.”
- Character is who you are when everyone and when no one is looking.
But we’re talking about more than morality or good, clean living here…
Anyone can be moral… I want to talk about the special wisdom of Christianity. What does the Christian sense of character mean?
“Teach your children to choose the right path, and when they are older, they will remain upon it.” Proverbs 22:6, NLT
The Christian wisdom is there is a right path – not a good path, a nice path, certainly not an easier path – a right path.
The right path is more than just good character,
The right path is God’s character
This pathway of God’s character is a Quest – A Holy Quest – one that you will pursue your entire life. One you will never finish, but one that God says you will not fail.
- This quest will take a very real desire
- Will involve very real difficulty
- Will demand you practice a self-denial
- But it is a quest of Destiny
o Yes destination…
o But also destiny
“I set before you Heaven and Hell, life and death…” Moses – Deut 30
Listen to these words of someone on the quest from Psalm 119:
”Teach me, O LORD, to follow every one of your principles. Give me understanding and I will obey your law; I will put it into practice with all my heart. Make me walk along the path of your commands, for that is where my happiness is found. Give me an eagerness for your decrees; do not inflict me with love for money! Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word. Reassure me of your promise, which is for those who honor you.”
Psalm 119: 33-38, NLT
Future generations need us to mark the pathway of our own quest God’s character.
Markers are intentional
Markers are visible
Markers show progress
Marker 1: A Chosen Pathway
From Psalm 119…
I will obey your law; I will put it into practice with all my heart. Make me walk along the path of your commands, for that is where my happiness is found. Give me an eagerness for your decrees…
This is a decision I’ve made… a once for all decision… and a decision I have to remake frequently…
“The LORD says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.’” Psalm 32:8, NLT
- Consider the words of this classic poem by Robert Frost
The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;