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“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
There is no greater gift than to raise a child. It is a huge responsibility that God has given, to bring the next generation closer to Him. A God-centered family is the strongest family though it can sometimes be hard and challenging.
There is no specific formula for how to raise a generation that is hungry for God, but we do have a pretty great guide in the Bible followed by our example. Our example is the best base point for children to learn from. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers—all of us—are examples of how to love Christ and one another.
A child’s brain is like a sponge which soaks up all he or she sees and hears no matter what. A child mimics what they see others doing, especially their parents; they want to be like them. We don’t always consciously think about it, but children are always watching and learning. They learn from people, TV, music and so much more. We are shaping the future generation by the example we show today!
So, are we a Godly example? These are some points to think about:
1. Passionate relationship with God – Is the Word of God a standard guide for living? Does a prayer life exist? A strong example is founded on God!
2. Strong Marriage – This is at the heart of being a strong parent. A strong marriage is being strong in God and putting Him first! Choose wisely when to settle arguments because a child’s ears are listening to how you treat each other. Single parent? The principle still applies. Are you strong with God and putting Him at the forefront? Parents of all kinds, rely on Him as your source of strength!
3. Attend church – there is not a better place for a child to see not only his parents as an example, but other people who share the same values. Going to church will teach children that we are part of one big family who loves to worship God!
There will always be challenges. There may be times when you will feel the battle is lost for your child, but that’s exactly that’s when you have to trust in God’s strength the most. We are strongest when we allow God to fight for us and give Him a chance to do what He intended for our families—He never disappoints!
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