December 6, 2020
Proverbs 22:6, “Train up children in the way they should go; even when they are old, they will not depart from it.”
Parents, is it our goal to raise the most intelligent, athletic, and outwardly beautiful children? Or, is it to mold and shape our children according to their unique talents and abilities for the glory of God? We should strive to help our kids mature and reflect our transcendent Lord’s nature and character.
Obedience, respect, grace, faith, confidence, love — these values and virtues are more caught than taught, so honoring God must be seen and practiced within the home. It’s crucial to prioritize your children’s spiritual development above all else. Teach them to trust God. Bring them before God and an open Bible. Pray together and give thanks daily as a family. And partner with the local church to expand their knowledge and application of biblical principles. Kids who understand their need for a relationship with Jesus at an early age are on course to live within the sweet spot of God’s blessing as adults.
Plan a time this week to sit down with your spouse to prepare a family vision statement. And think of some practical applications and activities you can do as a family to help cultivate that vision.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for being the perfect parent. Help me be the spiritual leader You have called me to reflect Your nature and character. As Your child, I seek to please You by listening for Your voice and being attentive to correction. In Jesus’ name, Amen.