As I was cleaning out the last few things from the house, still bummed and slightly frustrated that my tool set had been stolen by one of the movers, when I came upon a small tool kit, still unopened, that my father had given me on a recent Christmas. I almost started crying #1 because I was relieved to have something that I knew I would need #2 his thoughtfulness. You see my dad is and always has been a very practical individual, and solid and loving, etc. Therefore gifts from him are also very pragmatic and I'm sure when I opened the gift I didn't really know if and when I would use it, but he saw beyond that (thanks to him I have a portable air compressor in my car that is so handy for inflating the tires on our running stroller).
Then I got to thinking about how I am equipping my daughter--and how we should all be training our children:
To love God
To trust God
To honor God
In our time
In our conduct
In our resources
What "tools" are we giving our children to get the job done? How are we equipping them to handle situations that are way, way out of their parameters, because that will happen some day. What examples are we setting in order to face people and situations and that are completely out of their control?
Are we teaching them good stewardship by the way we handle our finances?
Are we teaching them compassion by the way we support those in dire situations?
Are we living out what we talk about on Sundays?
Are we loving them as Christ loved us? Without condition, with patience, kindness and gentleness and are we reinforcing the things that we teach them with appropriate discipline?
I want to challenge you today to do one thing for your child that will have an everlasting impact.
If you accept the challenge, I'd love to hear about it!
These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.
Dueteronomy 6: 6-9