Do you want your child to be wealthy, healthy, happily married, live close to you, and help you in your old age? Well, none of these goals are evil in and of themselves. But, sometimes, the good can elbow out the best. Here’s the better question, though: how do we help our kids have goals for themselves? God created our kids for His purpose, not ours. What if God wants our son or daughter to be a missionary in some third-world nation? Or a teacher in the inner city? Are you going to stand in their way? Bottom line: we need to help our kids walk in the Lord, love God, and listen to His voice. I think it’s time to stop making plans for our kids and simply point them to the truth of Scripture. The rest will fall into place.