From Generation to Generation

This is another installment of Serious Thoughts from the Laundry Lady. It is in every way directed toward myself, for if it were only directed toward others I would be seriously ignoring the huge plank protruding from my own eyeball.

I am the wife of a children’s pastor, so obviously it’s important to me that parents bring their children to church. But more and more it is grieving me that parents think they are doing all they need to for their children’s spirituality if they simply bring them to church every time the doors are open. I can search and search scripture and never find an admonition to simply drag kids to church and dump them at the door of the children’s wing.

So then what is required? If just “living right” and faithfully attending church is not quite enough, what is expected of me as I raise my children?

“One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.”

“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.”

Love God with everything I am…teach diligently…talk of His commands in every natural setting that my children and I walk through each day. This is so much more involved and relational than just bringing kids to church and asking on the way home “So whadya learn today?”

Indeed, at my church the Children’s Pastor does a wonderful job of communicating the truths of God’s word – in fact I would say there is not a better communicator to be found. (I might be a little biased in this opinion.) He makes God’s word relevant and exciting, he gives the kids practical ways to walk out their faith, and he shares the ways that God has worked in his own life. However, his words can not possibly have the impact on a child that the words of a mother or father can have.

What is more powerful…

…a children’s pastor teaching for one hour about God’s provision, or a son hearing a father joyfully praise God that the bills have once again been paid?

…being told by a children’s worker that God wants to give you the desires of your heart, or a young girl hearing her mother sincerely praise God for giving her the husband and children that she had longed for?

…being taught that we are all called to serve, or giving sacrificially as a family to meet the needs of others?

My challenge to myself is to remember to seek God in such an authentic way that my love of Him will naturally flow into every interaction and conversation I have with my children.

My friend Lisa says this of her mission to raise godly children:

“First and foremost, to delight in the Lord my God daily, publicly, and personally within sight of my children–that they would see firsthand the pure joy of loving Him and living in His light; and to lovingly create a home in which the Lord’s ways are authentically, beautifully taught and revered.”

Awesome. And so much more infinitely important than perfect attendance on the Sunday School chart.

2 comments on “From Generation to Generation

  1. Thank you for your post today. The Deuteronomy verse is one I go to often for encouragement. It’s nice to hear inspiring thoughts from another mom on this issue.

  2. thank you…I really need reminders these days of the importance of my “job”. It’s a tough job, that’s for sure and showing through my actions God’s love is a challenge. Anyway, thanks for your words…encouraging, especially when lately I have been wanting to go get a “real” job!

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