Hypocrisy. We can easily fall in to it as Christian parents.
God this, God that.
But do we truly show what we are teaching them?
How many times has your child seen you pray?
How many times has your child seen you up and early reading your bible?
How many times has your child seen you tear up at the thought of what God has done?
How many times has your child witness your broken heart at the feet of Jesus?
How many times have you gotten up in the middle of the night to pray for your children?
Why do we fool ourselves to think NONE of it matters?
It absolutely does and more than ever we should be living what we teach. Our children watch us constantly. Saying you love God looks different from doing what what he wants you to do out of love! I can’t tell you how many times my sinful nature takes hold and I just simply bark God’s word.
Being a “nice” parents isn’t enough people.
Being “sweet” isn’t enough.
Being “quiet” isn’t holy if you’re not using it for God.
The amount of times I’ve shared the gospel with my children as I shed a tear in thankfulness HAS power! It’s something I’m passionate about.
LORD! Give us wisdom to do what you’ve called us to do! Father have mercy on us for choosing to waste our time and simply hold our children come to you! Forgive us and help us to focus!
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
Train up a child in the way he should go but be sure you go that way yourself.”
Not to walk in the straight and narrow way yourself, is to give the devil the biggest kind of a chance to get our children.”
– Billy Sunday
Children take more notice of what their parents do, than what they say. Actions speak louder than words.”
Unless we are firmly anchored in the Rock of Ages, unless we trust in the living God, unless we are vigilant in prayer and fellowship with God, the enemy will be able to vanquish our children.”
– Michael Youssef
Today I encourage you to take your calling and run with it to Jesus! To ask him for guidance and to ask him for wisdom. Most important to ask God for forgiveness and to help us focus! These are the times, we can’t afford to simply hope our children know know but that they actually see God in our everyday lives!