Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)
Socrates wrote, “Could I climb to the highest place in Athens, I would lift my voice and proclaim, ‘Fellow citizens, why do you turn and scrape every stone to gather wealth and take so little care of your children to whom one day you must relinquish it all?’”
This was probably later in his life since the hills around Athens aren’t that steep. Mount Parnitha, the tallest, is about 4,500 feet. But that’s another story.
More importantly, Socrates was concerned for the children of Athens. Parents were spoiling them with material goods while neglecting their spiritual and moral training.
Sounds like society today. Would you agree?
In her book, *Honey for a Child’s Heart: The Imaginative Use of Books in Family Life, Gladys Hunt tells us, “Societies do not disintegrate; families do.” “And when that happens, people run the risk of experiencing deep loneliness and disorientation as they look for someone to belong to and something worth believing in.”
It’s dispiriting that so many in our society look every which way for peace and joy (read success) — every which way but towards Jesus.
“Whether you’re part of a blended, single-parent, foster, adoptive, or traditional two-parent family, your family is important to God,” says Lisa Button. “You can ask him for anything in regard to your family as long as it’s in line with his heart, his desires . . . and essentially, his will.”
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33)
It is only through Jesus that we truly succeed. Pray: Lord, I want to be a success in Your eyes. Help me to be strong and courageous in doing Your will.
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)
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