But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don’t take yourself too seriously—take God seriously. Micah 6:8 MSG
Four years ago my husband and I became grandparents for the first time. This year we will have seven grandchildren in our 2013 Christmas picture. If you think our hands are full, you should see our hearts.
As I cradle our grandbabies in my arms, I am overcome with a deep love for each of them, but I have to admit I am very concerned for their future. We are living in a day when many believe there are no absolutes. Each person must decide what is right. Many adhere to the philosophy—Different strokes for different folks.
I understand our country is made up of various cultures and ethnicities. I enjoy making new friends and learning about different traditions. Cultures may vary, but there is still a standard in every culture of right and wrong. If there isn’t, we are in serious trouble. As Christians, we should have deep convictions not just personal preferences about what God’s Word teaches is right or wrong.
In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. Judges 17:6 ESV
What can we do as parents or grandparents for the next generation? P.U.S.H.—Pray Until Something Happens! We must never underestimate the power of prayer.
My rocking chair has become my altar. When my grandchildren are sitting on my lap, I am praying about their futures. I ask the Lord to give them a tender heart for the things of God, a sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, a love for righteousness, and a hatred for evil.
I believe the Church’s greatest evangelistic tool in these last days will be the family. Those who love one another and the Lord live by their convictions and enjoy healthy relationships.
Here are some tools to help you grow kids God’s way.
- Pray with your children every day.
- Sing hymns and praise chorus with your children. Acclimate them to the Lord’s presence.
- Attend a vibrant Spirit-filled church.
- Love on your children often.
- Praise them.
- Spend quality time with them.
- Laugh often with them.
- Plan special trips with them. (picnics, fishing, camping, roller-skating, ice-skating, etc.)
- Hone a thankful heart in every member of your family. Start with yourself. Make a list of all the things you are grateful for.
My Aunt Lois was the head-bookkeeper at a local bank for many years. When they trained her, they let her count thousands of dollars by hand. After she became so familiar with the “authentic” paper bills, they introduced counterfeit bills. She had no trouble identifying them because she had become accustomed to the real paper money.
Kingdom principles are the same. If your children are enjoying their relationship with you, they are getting a positive taste of healthy relationships. When the enemy pulls out one of his many tricks, they will be able to discern right from wrong.
Press on, weary warriors. The Lord is on your side. Remember if you are facing a difficult mountain today, you were born to climb.