By committing to something like a ‘daily post’ or a ‘pause for thought’, you find that you are not only focused on keeping your commitment, but also searching, seeking and asking God for what to write next. It is good to recall the times in your life when God has encouraged growth and maturity and this in turn helps me now to be further encouraged. Sounds a little messy when I write it down, but I know what I mean.
For a while now I have enjoyed the time spent with my daughter here in WA. I know it is a precious and limited time. It won’t last forever and I don’t want to look back on this time and have any regrets. Each moment is a chance for me to pour into her, and I have wondered how I can best do that.
As parents we have the perfect opportunity to nurture, encourage, cheerlead, pray for and over, protect, and lead our children in the ways of God, which will help them to become independent people equipped with all they need to find their own way.
It is my job and privilege to do all I can do, and let God do the rest. I could not bear it if either of my children turned round to me and said, “Why didn’t you tell, teach, explain or share that with me?” They need to be ‘in the know’, and while I can’t teach everything, I can teach them how to find things out, how to pray and seek God for themselves, I can equip them and build a relationship that will keep the door open for them to come and ask and share at any time.
If only that were as easy to actually do as it is to write! My emotions often get the better of me and in my desperation and or frustration I can blow it. Does that make me a terrible mother? No, it shows me to be human, what actually counts more is what I do after I have blown it. How and what do I do? Getting our parenting wrong is not always a bad thing, it is how we put it right that sets us apart and builds heathy relationships. Learning how to put things right, say sorry, show forgiveness, and acknowledge we sometimes get it wrong can help young people to know that when they get things wrong there is a way back.
Showing this in a human way can also demonstrate how it is with God. When our young people get, way laid, distracted, slip, and fall short in their walk with God, they need to know there is a way back. That nothing is too big, bad or terrible that our Creator would turn His face away from them. We need to make it clear that if they go, genuinely, to Him, and say sorry, forgive me, restore me; that God will forgive, rejoice, and restore. It is this relationship that when cultivated will set them apart, helping them to develop a strong and healthy relationship with their Lord and savior. In time these young people will mature also and pass on what they have learnt to those coming after them.
Never underestimate the influence we have with our children and young people and never underestimate the effect that your commitment to pouring into them now will have on future generations. Spreading the Gospel, nurturing the young in the ways of God starts with you and me.
Proverbs 22:6New King James Version (NKJV) 6 Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.
Psl 32:8- I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye.
Deuteronomy 6:6 6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.