I have a passion. A passion that I cannot contain any longer. When I try to talk about it, my heart beats faster and I seem to run out of breath. Now, I know what you're thinking, and no, I'm not talking about dessert. Although, eating half of a cheesecake by yourself will certainly make it harder to breathe. I know.
What is your vision for your child? When I think about Jonah and the dreams I have for him, he transforms from a toddler to a (strong) husband. An (engaged)father. A (spiritual)leader. A man like David, who the Bible says was a man after God's own heart. How do those dreams become a reality? Here's a clue:
"These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates." Deuteronomy 6:6-9
Psalm 127:3 says that children are a gift from the Lord. A gift. Your children were given to you. For a purpose. We have to be intentional about the way we raise our kids. There's no more just closing your eyes and hoping for the best. We have to create a culture in our home that fosters trust, honor, and love. We have to influence our kids with authority now so that we may influence them with trust later.
The passage above from Deuteronomy is one of my favorites. It basically says that you should take every opportunity to teach your children about God. All throughout the day. Take a moment to teach your preschooler that snatching a toy away from her friend is an act of selfishness, which Jesus wants to change into love. It may sound like a lofty topic for a four year old, but its never too early to get yourself into the right frame of mind. When it's too wet outside to ride bicycles, how about explaining that God is taking care of His creation by sending the rain today instead of simply saying, "No, it's too wet outside."
Sound like too much work? Remember that your children were given to you. They are gifts from the Lord that you are expected to treasure, teach, and train intentionally. And the Bible says that its worth it! Proverbs 10:1 says, "Wise children bring joy to their father..."
Do you see why I am so excited about a vision for our children? For the next generation? I want my grandchildren to have a knowledge of and a passion for our creator that far exceeds mine. I want to leave something behind that will impact them to their very core. Not just the way eating two desserts will impact your core. : )