Hannah and I both have great families, and one of the coolest things about Hannah’s parents is that they raised six kids and gave themselves entirely to the job of child-rearing, so much so that they called it their hobby. Since the window of opportunity in raising their children was so short, they decided that being good parents was more important than anything else in their lives. Because they took such a proactive approach to guiding and shaping their kids, they not only taught them what to do, they taught them how to teach others what to do. So when Hannah was a teenager, her folks were training her in how to raise her own children some day. To broaden the impact of their approach, I believe this perspective applies not only to parenting, but also to spiritual parenting.
Friend, whether or not you have biological children, you have a heritage that includes spiritual offspring. Your true calling as a disciple of Jesus Christ is found in equipping and training upcoming generations so they can learn more about Him through the legacy of your life. As you undertake the assignments He calls you to, I encourage you to be a teacher and to look for chances to shape those around you. Be proactive in your spiritual parenting, and assume a posture of guiding, blessing, and serving others, especially the next generation, whenever you have the opportunity!