During this weekend’s worship service, my husband nudged me and said “Look!” His hands were raised in worship, and so were my 9 month old daughter’s. She was only doing what she saw her daddy and those around her doing–worshiping Jesus! I turned my attention back to worship and could only begin to thank God that my husband and I are headed in the right direction–pointing our children to Christ. Point your kids in the right direction—when they’re old they won’t be lost. (Proverbs 22:6, MSG)
There is a Chinese proverb that says “A child’s life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.” Reading this proverb reminded me how impressionable children are. We have many moments in our house where we are laughing at something Taylor is doing only because she has seen one of us do it–cleaning tables (with baby wipes), wiping her baby sister’s mouth, talking to nana on her play phone, etc. If we ever dared to partake in unlawful or unmoral activities, she would most likely imitate those things as well. That’s why interacting with friends and family that live a similar lifestyle as me has become even more important now that I have children. I want them to be surrounded by great examples of God living and loving people.
The enemy, Satan, uses any and every vehicle possible to draw children into destructive and ungodly living, i.e. certain cartoons and so-called children’s networks, music, and video games. It’s pretty sad that I have to monitor the programming that is designed for toddlers–making sure messages that contradict the Word of God are not insidiously integrated with the harmless and decent entertainment. Protecting our children naturally and spiritually is a great responsibility and is a must now, more than ever! As parents we have a large part in helping our children see and discover their destiny in life. The only way to do that is to lead them to Christ, as early as while they are in the womb.
I read the following scripture for the first time about a month ago. This REALLY caused me to stop and think about how I needed to be one of the greater influences in my children’s lives. It says, But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea. (Mark 9:42, NKJV). Jesus did not beat around the bush on that one did He? It only shows how much love He has for our little ones. Take that scripture to heart. The best way to love our children is to introduce them to Christ! How do we do that? By daily walking in the Spirit, praying for wisdom on parenting, being the best example as possible. Take the lead and they will be sure to follow.
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