Jeff Bartell

A "bottom line" kind of guy

Reminder to Parents

We all want the very best for our kids.  We want them to have every opportunity to succeed and even excel in life.  Maybe some of us even push our kids harder and farther than they want to go – so as to live out our own unfulfilled dreams.  Often that success is measured the wrong way though.  If our kids become “rich and famous”, does that make us happy or proud?  Well, it might, but it might not.

Country singing star Billy Ray Cyrus was just recently quoted in an article in GQ magazine concerning his daughter, Miley Cyrus.  He said that if he could do it all over again, he would rather that the Disney show that made her so famous had never happened.  He has seen his sweet little girl change into a risqué partying teen.  Now it’s too late to do anything about it.

Few of us will ever have kids as rich and famous as Miley Cyrus, but the lesson is out there for us all.  Certainly our kids have a free will and can (and should) pursue their own dreams, but as parents, let’s remember that the measure of true success is not always measured by this current world system.  Regardless of what our kids grow up to do for a living, we should want them, above all, to be much more than just “happy.”  We should want them to be holy, well-adjusted, living with a purpose that is eternal.  We want them to love God with a passion and pursue Him with all their hearts.  If doing that means that they miss out on some worldly fame and fortune, then so be it.  It is a small price to pay for a far greater gain in the long run.

Parents, are you involved in your children’s activities?  Are those activities leading to a holy life and a passionate pursuit of God?  Or are they simply fun things to do?  (Fun things are OK too, by the way!)  Let’s do our part now, while there is still time, to also lead our children to the things that really matter, the things that lead to a purpose that is greater than anything this world has to offer.

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I just read that article yesterday. It blew my mind.


so true and AMEN!!


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