When it comes to life we are better together.
I admit it. It’s the truth. I’m not qualified for this…for any of this.
I went to college to teach elementary students, took incredible Bible classes, went through courses on counseling but none of these things qualified me for this life. True, it gave me knowledge, but so much of what happens daily cannot be prepared for.
From the moment a child is born we make movements and sounds with our mouths in hopes that they will mimic us. We play Peek-A-Boo and Patty Cake as they get a little older in hopes that they will respond and do it with us. Monkey See, Monkey Do.
But as children get older, the busyness of life happens. Mornings make a parent want to pull out their graying hair, if they have much of it left, and homework time most likely does the same. We lose our cool, at least I will admit that I do and pray that our children will not follow suit. Do As I Say, Not As I Do.
But I’ve heard it a thousand times, that quote that rings so true…
“The reality is that the Lord never calls the qualified; He qualifies the called.”
― Henry T. Blackaby
Underprepared. Unqualified. It doesn’t matter because we have an incredible responsibility.
If we’re not intentional about teaching our children everything that God desires for them, someone else is going to teach them all the things that He is not. No matter how old, “our kids are not looking for our perfection, they’re looking for our authenticity, so they can be pointed to God’s perfection. He is the only perfect parent.” – Dave Willis.
Diligence – careful and persistent work or effort
We have to be diligent in teaching our children the things that they NEED to know. The most important teacher a child will ever have are his or hers parents and grandparents. They must be led by example. That’s a lot of pressure…I get it.
So here are several things that every kid needs to know:
1. God loves us and wants us to love Him.
Matthew 22:36-40. Jesus came to invite us into a relationship. The more we love God, the more capacity we have to love others.
2. Pray. Pray. Pray.
1 Thessalonians 5:16. Be in constant conversation with God. He’s always there.
3. Everyone needs grace and Jesus dies to give it to us.
4. God’s Word is our instruction manual for life and we need to get into it daily.
5. Obedience shows God that we love Him.
1 John 5:3
6. To be great, be a servant. We are ALL called to serve.
7. What you say matters.
Proverbs 18:21. Be kind. And when you can’t, be quiet. And if you mess us, apologize.
8. Worship is a lifestyle, not just something we do on Sundays.
1 Corinthians 10:31.Do your best to make good choices and do what is right…all for His honor and glory.
None of us are qualified, but we are all called. No pressure…with God’s help, we’ve got this!
Marcie Craft is the childrens pastor at Evangel Heights Church in Sarver, Pa. She has served on staff for the past two years. She and her husband, Rich, have 2 boys.