Parents’ Joy

Proverbs 23:24-25

24 The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him.
25 Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.

My Testimony

Today, I begin a new chapter in my theological journey at Phoenix Seminary.

My parents are very proud to see me pursuing ministry for God so diligently and wholeheartedly.

My parents raised me to be respectful. I was also taught to be open-minded yet reasonable.

When I first began attending a local church, they were not enthused. They were worried I might be indoctrinated with bigoted ideas and a judgmental attitude.

Instead, I began to believe what I was taught about the Bible and Jesus of Nazareth. That little Church of the Nazarene congregation helped me see the truth of love and grace and the need of a Lord and Savior.

In less than a year of my believing, of my life being changed, of the Holy Spirit moving through to me to act in wisdom and righteousness, my parents believed in the same Savior.

God the Father sent His Son to die, and then He sent my parents’ son to show them His Son.

It was none of my own righteousness and wisdom that won them over. It was seeing the righteousness and wisdom of the Father – Jesus Christ, through the Holy Spirit – that drew them to glorify His name!

They found true joy and the true reason to rejoice through me, thanks to our Lord!

A responsible and intelligent child can bring much joy to his or her parents. The greatest joy comes from seeing God manifested in the life of their child, and that is only true if God is manifested in their lives, as well!

Heavenly Father, gracious God, help us to seek You diligently. Live in us and through us that our parents and our children may see Your glory and turn to You. Make our joy complete as Your joy is made complete in us through Your Son.

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About Daniel M. Klem

I am a product of the '80's (meaning I was born in that decade) and married to the most beautiful woman I know since 2009 (beautiful in appearance and as a woman of God). I graduated in the spring of 2013 from Grand Canyon University with a Christian Leadership major, and now I am a student at Phoenix Seminary. Also, most importantly, Jesus saved me ... and you. View all posts by Daniel M. Klem

2 responses to “Parents’ Joy

  • NH

    Very good story. I spent 35 or so years doing everything I could to try and make my dad proud of me. I finally came to terms with the fact nothing would cause him to change from conditional love. Tried and tried. God put other people in my life that have acted in parts to fill the void on earth. God filled the emptiness that a lifetime of feeling rejected causes. Out of those wounds I’ve been able to help others. I’m thrilled when I read a story like this. You didn’t give up or give in but stayed true. Your post is filled with pure joy. That’s awesome and well deserved.

    • Daniel M. Klem

      I semi-joke around sometimes that I was the spiritual head of my house for years. Seeing as I was the one who started the journey with Christ in our home, it was true for a while. I thank God for some of the issues I faced, because he was able to step up and demonstrate his leadership as head of the household.
      Now that I am grown and married, I look to him as an example in many ways on how to lead my home. We have made each other joyful over the years as we pursue Christ!

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