Parents vs God

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Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.

Jerry Savelle says that God demonstrates His favour in our lives by our unique expectations. Favour is that X factor that sets you apart from everyone else.

I agree! God uses our expectations to bless us. Our expectations are the unique platform that allows God to bring new experiences, environments and people into our lives. To deny yourself the blessing of your unique expectation is to deny God the honour of performing a new work upon the earth through you.

So why then are our parents intent on ‘puppeting us’? Why are they so obsessed with controlling every aspect of our lives?


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Sometimes it seems the only time you can truly live your own life is when you run away to some far off country. The “We know what’s best for you” mantra has become a curse and worse, we have that “thou shalt honour thy parents verse”. I want to belive that no passage of scripture has been abused to the extent that that commandment has. Children have been forced to give up their dreams and ambitions, and have been silenced in the name of that commandment. It has even gone as far as influencing marriage choices and religious preferences, to name a few. That commandment has become a wand used to threaten and manipulate children in the hands of mostly well-meaning parents.

Now mommies and daddies, don’t think I’m villainizing you, please. To be a parent and watch this thing that started as a mere dot evolve into a human being then a full adult is a gratifying and life-changing experience. There is no experience similar to parenthood. The love and responsibility laid upon your shoulders is beyond my comprehension.

That being underlined, please understand that you are mere stewards, stewards and not owners. Your children, just like you, came from someone more important.

I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. [Jeremiah 1:5]

Imagine sending out a messenger to deposit your money and then they decide that it’s rightfully theirs. No, man! The messenger is simply a steward. Your job is to make sure those children rightfully fulfil God’s unique purpose for their lives and in doing so they bring honour to you. That is what honouring your parents means.

Teach your children to do whatsoever they do ‘heartfully as to the Lord and not unto men’, that includes you so please don’t be partial with the word. Please stop fighting with God and trying to override His Will. You can never win. You only have to see the amount of rebellion around to know that your endeavours aren’t working. Enter into a place of rest and let God finish what He started.


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Valerie Tendai Chatindo

Valerie Tendai Chatindo

Valerie Tendai Chatindo is a biochemist, entrepreneur and a digital storyteller. Follow her at tendy_vchatndo

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