Live One Life: Raising Great Kids

We’re in Estes Park, Colorado at a discipleship retreat called Live One Life. The retreat kicked off yesterday afternoon with a fantastic time of worship.

Last night, a husband and wife came in and talked to us about raising kids. They have raised three kids and were extraordinarily successful in doing so. All three love Jesus with all of their being. They all have successful careers.

This great couple brought a few things that they have learned from their parenting journey. One of the most poignant statements was: Kids will learn how relationship with God works through the relationship with their parents.

Uh oh.

Parents how are you doing on the modeling God for your kids front?

It is critical that we learn how to exhibit God and His character in every area of our lives. Our children need to see that in us. If we fail to model God’s character for our kids, then they will have a distorted view of God.

The physical family is designed to be a model of the spiritual family. It is designed so that in our families people can see God and His desire for all of us to be His children. God’s intention for us as parents is to model for our children the character of God. To model things like mercy, justice, righteousness, grace, forgiveness, love, and peace. This is how we bring the Kingdom (“Where Shalom replaces broken Shalom”) to our family as well as those whom our family touches.

“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” — Ephesians 6:4

As parents, we are responsible for not only the physical needs of our children, but also their spiritual well-being. Train your children in the fear of the Lord. Exhibit for them what it means to walk out your faith. It is the most important gift you can give your children.

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. — Proverbs 22:6

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. — 3 John 4

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