Psalms 127:3-5 Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one's youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.
Children are a blessing. They are also a lot of work and are also expensive. I think of the definition I heard once about fathers - they are the guys who have pictures in their wallets where they money used to be.
God has declared the right way to think our children. They are a reward, a part of ones legacy. Our job as parents is to raise them, and help aim them like arrows and shoot them out into their future. Children need someone to help “aim” their lives. It's our job to value our children, see them as valuable, and play the part guiding them into their future. After all, they are a vital part of ours (they choose our retirement homes for us!) Our culture tells us that children are a hassle and a burden to our careers. God tells us we are blessed by having them.
If we value them and help them become the people they are to be, we live in a great reward, a great blessing! Just imagine what kind of homes we would have if we valued our children the way God wanted us to. Homes where the love that is shared is the God kind of love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
When children have a home where this kind of love exists, you are preparing them to be “shot like an arrow” into a successful life. Let's raise our kids in this kind of home.