What Do You Want For Your Daughters?

Many of us are blessed with daughters.  My wife and I have been gifted with two wonderful, well-behaved daughters.  There are some questions “raisers” of “daughters” should be asking.  What are we emphasizing as they grow from young girls to young women?  What are we encouraging them to become?  What are we teaching them to do once the time comes for them to leave the nest?

These questions are important.  But even more important are the answers.  Perhaps the words of Paul will shed some light.

“That they (older women) may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed” (Titus 2:4-5).

God’s plan is for “older ladies” to teach the “younger ladies.”  Teach them to understand there are some serious aspects of life.  Teach (and show) them how to love their husbands and their children.  Teach them to behave (and dress) like ladies.  Teach them to be the caretaker of the home.  Teach them to fulfill their God-given roles as a wife.

As a father of two daughters, it seems the question I hear most in regards to them is:  where are they going to college?  While stating that there is nothing wrong with college at all, I can tell you as a father, that question is not, and will not ever be paramount in my mind.

First and foremost, my wife and I are raising our daughters (and our sons) to be followers of God first.  We hope and pray they will grow and mature to become great Christians.  I know most assuredly my daughters can go to Heaven without a college degree, but they cannot go without God and knowledge of His Word.

On this day, may we realize what we are teaching our daughters by pushing them (and in some cases forcing them) to attend college — that a college degree is vitally important, and it most certainly is not.

To ladies who are homemakers — your value is incalculable, your love is immeasurable, your need is vastly understated, your work is priceless.  Let no one — politicians, friends, family or even brethren — look down upon you or make your work feel unimportant.

Young ladies who may be reading this, there is NO SHAME whatsoever in having aspirations to grow up to be a wife and mother — that in essence is God’s plan.

Today, if my daughters grow to be the wife and mother that my wife and mother are today and always have been, then I will be the happiest man on this globe.  I hope you, as a “raiser” of a “daughter” can say the same.

— lrp2