What general biblical objectives will guide and focus our view of life and therefore our training of our children? What is a worthy biblical goal? The familiar first question of the Shorter Catechism answers these questions:
Q- What is the chief end of man?
A- Man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.
Is there any other goal that is worthy? Are we willing to start here with our children? We must equip our children to function in a culture that has abandoned the knowledge of God. If you teach them to use their abilities, aptitudes, talents and intelligence to make their lives better, without reference to God, you turn them away from God. If your objectives are anything other than "Man's chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever," you teach your children to function in the culture on its terms.
How do we do this? We pander to their desires and wishes. We teach them to find their souls delight in going places and doing things. We attempt to satisfy their lust for excitement. We fill their young lives with distractions from God. We give them material things and take delight in possessions. Then we hope that somewhere down the line they will see that a life worth living is found only in knowing and serving God.
In terms of Godward orientation, we are training them in the idolatry of materialism. Years spent denying the importance of a deep conviction of scriptural truth will not develop into godly piety during adolescence or early adulthood.
From the earliest days, they should be taught that they are creatures made in the image of God-- made for God. They should learn that they will only "find themselves" as they find Him. Our children must grow to see that real living is experienced when he stands before God and says, "Whom have I in heaven but You? And being with you I desire nothing on earth" (Psalm 73:25)
-Shepherding Your Child's Heart
by Ted Tripp