I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:3-6
Congratulations! You’re probably on this page because of something awesome that’s happened in your family. Break out the balloons and noise makers and celebrate success in your family. It’s a good thing!
God calls us to be effective and productive. Success is a biblical concept, and God wants us to do great things for His Kingdom. A good grade, first place in sports, finishing chores and homework, a promotion at work, a Christmas bonus, a home project done—there are so many successes in a family that we can celebrate. When you are giving out the high-fives, never forget to express gratitude to God for His faithfulness and provision, and for Him creating the talents, gifts and abilities in dad and mom, son and daughter, to make achievement possible.
Achievement is good, titles have their place, but what really matters is how compassionate, gracious, and loving we’re becoming. Successes are a reminder that we’re growing. In the moment, take time to reflect as a parent, or to teach your children, that God has modeled what true success is. It’s not what’s written on our business cards and resumés, or filling our trophy cases or report cards, but it’s in how we’re becoming like Him. We are God’s people, made in His image and called to follow Him and be like Him. This is profound.
As Christian adults, it isn't our job to push success for our families. Our job as a spouses and parents is to recognize the unique way God created each person, and point them to Jesus at every turn along their journey. Yes, you want every member of your family to learn and thrive and grow up well rounded, educated, healthy and with a great work and competitive ethics. But don’t look at imperfection as a flaw or failure. Look at each opportunity in life as one where we can grow more like Jesus.
Write a note to a family member who is celebrating success—your spouse or your child. Commemorate the moment by praising their achievement, reminding them of God’s provision, and encouraging them to continue to grow in wisdom and stature, becoming daily more like Him. Sign and date it. When you give the note, ask the recipient to save it so they can look back later and be reminded of what God has being doing in their life.