HOW ARE YOU INFLUENCING YOUR KIDS, GRANDCHILDREN, AND GREAT GRANDCHILDREN?
I’m joining Kate Motaung at #FiveMinuteFriday today. The prompt is pass and we are to write five minutes. GO! Let’s pass it on.
How are you influencing future generations? Do you drag your kids to church? Some parents say they don’t want to force their kids to church, yet I see them dragging them or forcing them to go to school, gymnastics, piano lessons, sports, dance and on and on. We took our kids to church. We allowed them to do all the other stuff, but allowed them to drop out of dance, piano, and sports once they completed their year commitment.
We are the blueprint for generations now and to come of what is important in life. Do your children and grandchildren see a real Christ in you? If we aren’t teaching them, the world certainly is going to teach them not about Christ, but about things I don’t even want to mention.
IF CHRIST IS NOT IMPORTANT IN YOUR LIFE HE WON’T BE IMPORTANT IN THEIR LIVES.
I watch our two-year old and one-year old grandsons copying our lives. I don’t remember seeing how much we influence those little ones when my kids were that age. Both of the grandsons are saying thank you and please and the older one bless you when you sneeze. He even sneezed in bed the other morning, and I heard him say “bless you”. Those are simple things and beautiful, but if we are cursing, talking negative, whining, drinking and doing worldly things they surely pick up on it so early. They are watching and learning from our blueprint. What we are teaching them today, we will surely reap in their teenage years and their adult lives.
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (KJV)
6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
I find myself walking with the grandsons and telling them that God created the horses and cows as we walk by them. If we see a butterfly I tell them about the wonders of His creation and how God made them and the flowers and trees, the moon, and the stars. I sit outside with one a few weeks back when we were out-of-town watching the billowy clouds. Many times I will say I love you so much and Jesus does too.
We are to impress on them when we walk, wherever we go as we are riding or walking and sitting.
If Christ is not important in our lives, He probably will not be in theirs.
We are to write His commandments on our door frames. I have things all over the house reminding not only them but me of whose I am. I have a fruit of the spirit huge plaque on the fireplace, verses I’m memorizing in my bathrooms and kitchen, and a beautiful wreath on our second fireplace that says, ”
Tie them as symbols on your hands. Wear some jewelry reflecting Him.
Have you ever shared your testimony with your kids? Our pastor reminded us that it is the greatest thing that ever happened to us and yet we don’t share it. He says when someone dies and he asks how they were saved, the family usually does not know. So for me it was in the fifth grade when God spoke to me and I walked down the aisle, but yet I was afraid to follow through with baptism until I was in the tenth grade. I was at a revival at our church I attended all the time and finally walked down the aisle and asked to be baptized. Best thing ever – my good friend Mary was there with me.
I will never, ever forget our two kids and their salvation stories. Our son was at school and heard a story and he walked down the aisle that very week at a revival. Our daughter was at home and one day came to me. Our son came in the house. I don’t remember if I called to him or he just came and asked what was going on and I told him she had just asked Jesus in her heart. He threw off his cap and said, “Let’s pray.” Precious stories of how God touched their tender little hearts.
Share you salvation story, share the miracles you’ve seen, share the wonders of God, share the Bible stories about Daniel, Moses, and Baby Jesus, share how He has answered prayers.
One generation influences the next. Will you be that generation? How will you influence your family?
Psalm 78:1-8 (KJV)
Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:
3 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.
4 We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.
5 For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:
6 That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:
7 That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:
8 And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.