Read: “Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.” Deuteronomy 6:7
Whether you’re currently a parent or one day hope to be, it can be easy to fantasize about what your child’s life will look like. Will they play sports? Play an instrument? Be scholastic? Change the world? There’s nothing wrong with dreaming about and having desires for our kids’ future. But, when our plans aren’t filtered through God’s perspective, our children can quickly become an idol.
On Sunday, Jeff reminded us that parenting comes with a series of tests, and preparation means beginning with the end in mind. Abraham was tested when God asked him to sacrifice his only son, Issac. The Bible doesn’t tell us all of the thoughts that may have gone through Abrahm’s mind, but it isn’t hard to imagine what a tremendous test of faith it must have been. If Abraham had not resolved to trust God regardless of the circumstances, the story could have ended very differently. But, Abraham had a vision for leading his family and building a legacy of faith.
What about you? How can God use your family and even the gifts and abilities He has given your children for His glory? Deuteronomy 6:7 reminds us that teaching our kids godly ways isn’t a Sunday-only job; we are instructed to talk to our kids about God and His word from dawn to dusk. It doesn’t have to be difficult, but it does have to be intentional.
Here at Venture, one of our values for our kids ministry is partnering with parents to teach kids God’s truth. One way we do this is by providing you with resources and tools. In KXP, Backyard Buddies receive monthly placemats, and Scouts and Navigators receive weekly take-home sheets that talk about the month’s verse and Big Idea. We also encourage moms and dads to use the Parent Cue app, which is full of encouraging parenting tips and ideas. But, the best place to start is with the end in mind - what is your vision for building a legacy of faith?
Do: At dinner or at bedtime, tell your family what God has been teaching you. Ask each family member in turn what God has been teaching them.