This past week, a number of people were off and going here and there, not feeling well, etc. So we were not planning on getting together. We usually meet on Sundays, so Saturday night my 7 year old daughter asks me, “What are we doing tomorrow?” I told her I wasn’t sure, but that we were not meeting as the church because of people being gone. She asked, “Why? You are the church. I am the church. So is dada. So why don’t we do our church day things?” I answered, “You are exactly right. We are the church, and we will pray together, sing, and read from the Bible together.” I walked downstairs and told my husband what she had said. He smiled and responded, “You teach them and teach them, and eventually they start to teach you.”
There are three Scripture verses that come to mind when I think of my children. The first is a proverb. Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.” This is a proverb, not a promise. It is wisdom. It is a wise saying, or wise guidance, but it is not a promise that this will always be the case. Sometimes parents do everything they can possibly think of, and their child makes horrible choices and even turns away from Yahweh when they are older. This is a hard reality that every Christian parent is aware of. This is what drives me to my knees for my children.
The second Scripture verse is Luke 10:27. “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Loving Yahweh so passionately and loving others as much as you love yourself…this truly is a beautiful person. I pray this for my children daily.
The third verse is this: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own,” Mt 6:34. Jesus tells his followers not to worry many times (Mt 6:25, 28, 31; 10:19; Mark 13:11; Luke 12:11, 22, 29). We are to put our trust in Him…over and over again if necessary. I am so thankful for the moments like I mentioned above when my children speak back to me something that I have been trying to teach them; when they show me that some things are sinking in. In moments of difficulty, He reminds me of these times.
Message to Self: Time is short. Purposefully train and teach your children. Pray for them daily. Give it all to God. Time is short.