The myth of the self-reliant parent

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Sometimes we actually think we are smart enough to take care of ourselves.


If you are alive at the end of this day it will be because God has determined that you should still be breathing.

Sound simplistic?

This was the truth that Paul spoke in Athens to the intellectual giants of his day.

This is not simplistic, but the most important reality that can be known. All men are totally dependent upon the mercy and plan of God, whether they acknowledge this truth or not.

Humbly live this truth out before your children. Talk to God, acknowledge God, be thankful to God. Let them see your dependence upon God. If you don’t, they will believe you think too much of yourself!
The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. Acts 17:24-25

You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed. Psalm 139:16

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.