More to the Christmas Story
And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
When reading the Christmas story in Luke 2, we usually stop halfway through the story, with Jesus still in the manger. But the last half of the chapter talks about what happened when Jesus was eight days old (verse 21); forty days old (verses 22-38); during His childhood (verses 39-40); when He was twelve years old (verses 41-50); and as a teenager and young adult (verses 51-52). That last verse—Luke 2:52—is our goal for our children—that they will mature as He did: mentally (in wisdom), physically (in stature), spiritually (in favor with God), and socially (and men).
As a parent, take time to think and pray through difficult situations concerning your child. Ask God to enable your child to grow up like Christ—in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
Despite frightening headlines and cultural pressures, our God sits firmly on His heavenly throne and promises to give us the strength and wisdom to build Christian households filled with godliness and laughter.
David Jeremiah, in Hopeful Parenting