Eric Speir

Thrive In Your Faith and Family

Why Children Don’t Come With Instructions

Have you noticed everything we buy these days includes instructions? Some things we buy come with instructions and we wonder if people really need them. Children are a different story. We sometimes have to learn as we grow.

Photo by Steve Paulo

Photo by Steve Paulo

Recently, I purchased some coffee at a drive-thru restaurant and the side of the cup read, “Caution! The beverage you’re about to consume is very hot!” At first glance this should be obvious for anyone who has half a brain. It made me realize they had to include this statement because someone wasn’t smart enough to figure it out on their own.

Instructions are needed because we often can’t figure things out. Sometimes things are just too complicated otherwise. It’s not that we aren’t smart enough, it’s because we don’t have the training or experience to make something work.

Have you ever felt this way about parenting? I know I have on many occasions. When my children were born the only thing that came out of the womb was a screaming baby. Instructions were not included.

Children don’t come with instructions because it forces the parents to seek their creator.

When cars break down we often take them back to the dealership because no one knows the car better than they do. No one knows children better than our Heavenly Father does either.

The only instructions we have are what’s found in the Bible. I’m not a perfect parent and I make plenty of mistakes, but the one thing that is perfect is the Word of God.

If you need help with your parenting, then start searching the Word of God for parenting instructions. A great place to start is the book of Proverbs. Another place to learn is by the mistakes of others. The book of 1 and 2 Kings is full of examples of parenting gone terribly wrong. Take the time to learn from their mistakes.

Mind if I pray for you?

“Heavenly Father, I ask for your wisdom and favor in my life. Help me to be the godly example to my children. Also, help me to be someone they can model their lives after. I ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit to guide me into all truth to be the kind of parent you’ve called me to be. In your name I pray. Amen.”

About Eric

I'm a pastor, writer and serial encourager. I like to help people to grow in their relationship with God. I live outside of Atlanta, GA. I've written a book, Stubborn Faith: 30 Day Devotional Guide For New Growth. It's available for download on Amazon. Feel free to follow me on Twitter at @ericspeir

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