We have an important mission!
I believe that being a parent is one of the greatest responsibilities and privileges God has given to man. I am so thankful for the greatest parenting book of all time, the Word of God! It is only there where we find divine wisdom to successfully take on this great task that was birthed in the Father’s heart.
I want to start by sharing a few wise words spoken by King Solomon:
“Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).
This is our main job as parents, but what does it mean to train? It means to guide and direct the little person God gave us until they reach a point of maturity.
Many times we think that the easiest thing to do is tell our children what to do or not to do. However, that is NOT training them up. More than a command, instructing is a process that demands time, PATIENCE, consistency and a lot of grace.
Dr. James Dobson, who has dedicated his life to help many families through his radio show, Family Talk, teaches us that the most effective tool to teach is the example or model the parents provide at home.
In other words, there is one effective way to instruct and have impact, and that is through our EXAMPLE! (pg. 57)
Someone asked Dr. Dobson which is the most important stage for the spiritual training of a child; this was his answer, “Every stage is important, but I think that the fifth year is without a doubt one of the most critical. Up until this age children believe everything their parents say. They accept the reality of Jesus Christ in the same way they accept the tale of Santa Claus. Kids do not argue the possibility of a man in a red suit traveling around the globe in one night. Although it sounds ridiculous, a child at the age of 3 or 4 years old will accept it without questioning simply because mom and dad said it’s true.”
Regardless, at age 6, children begin to think more critically about what others tell them. Some can internalize the lessons learned and accept them more than others. Others take in the Bible stories as tales that do not exist in the real world. It is a time for careful instruction at home as well as at church.
I have the conviction that our greatest efforts to teach them about Jesus need to happen in the early years of childhood. I also believe that the best teachers in Sunday School need to be teaching the 5 and 6 year olds.”
When I read this amazing advice, I was very confronted, personally, because many times the concept is that kids at the young age of 5 or 6 do not yet understand biblical truths. This is a great mistake, we need to make the effort in church, but more than anything, at home, because it is in the pure, simple and uncomplicated heart of a child where the seed of the Word of God can bear much fruit in due time!
- In the way…
What way is this referring to? The way of the Word of God. If we, as parents, are not walking in the way of obedience, harmony and love, how can we expect our children to do it? Let’s place the Word at the center of our hearts, and we will see God’s grace to guide our children to make the best decisions. It is not enough to just tell the about the God of the Bible, let’s show them daily that we serve a real God who gave it all for us!
*The Bible version used for this blog was NASB.
*Your legacy: The greatest gift. Dr. James Dobson. Faithwords. NI