By Chaplain (Capt.) Ryan Davenport
Special to GUIDON
Let’s just face it, at least for some of us, parenting children is the hardest thing a person can do, principally, for a Soldier.
For my wife, Courtney, and me, it’s the most important thing a person can do.
From conception, to the delivery, to the rearing of the children in their infancy years, the days and months seem to go on forever.
There are good times and bad times. They get sick, and early on, they cannot communicate their sickness, which can be frustrating. There is a lot of guess work involved in raising an infant.
However, as they grow older, they come to the age of reason, and they start to understand how the world works around them. They learn by their environment, not everything is given to them when they cry. This is where parents come in immensely. No matter what occupation a parent is in, God still obligates parents to raise and instruct their children to be good upstanding members of society.
We may be away from our children for hours, weeks, or years at a time, but our children will always remain our priority. Even when the stubbornness of our children sets in, subtle but stern correction must be administered. No empty threats. It is no one else’s job to raise your children.
A structured routine, an ethical discipline, a respect for authority, and a servant’s heart for others will not only set a child up for success in the future, but will render a child competent in dealing with all forms of adversity. That is why King Solomon, in his great wisdom, was inspired by the spirit of the living God to write in Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (KJV).
As children become young adults, they will remember the love and stability that their parents gave them. A child needs stability in his or her life.
(Editor’s note: Davenport is the 554th Engineer Battalion chaplain.)