Children are always watching and often times their level of faith is based on what they see. We must not parent based on what we see but we must parent by faith and not by sight as our children watch us and learn what it means to be a mature Christian. They often times learn about God and faith as a result of our relationship with Him. In regard to our relationship with him, here are The ABC’s of Parenting that we would like to share with you.
(A) Actions speak louder than words. It doesn’t do us any good if we say we have faith but don’t show it by what we do. For example, if we see a brother or sister with out food we should not look the other way as if we don’t see them and go on believing God for more than enough life while they have nothing. How can this show our faith? Faith by itself is not enough. It is dead and useless if it does not produce good deeds. One of the greatest acts of faith in the bible is when Abraham offered his son Isaac on the alter and God spared his life by providing a ram instead. “Abraham believed God and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” So much that he was considered a friend of God. Faith and what we do show us right with God not faith alone. It’s never to early or late for you or your child to be taught something new in life like the word of God or to share your faith with him/her.
(B) Better late than never. Jesus can give you the courage and tools to share your faith with your children and teach them the principles of God. The widowed mother from Nain in the bible learned this when Jesus raised her son from the dead and healed him. It didn’t happen when she planned or expected it to but it happened in God’s timing and it happened for the glory of God. The Son of God received glory from it! God gets glory when our kids believe. When they believe from our relationship with Him, we are fulfilling a big parenting responsibility. For we are to steward the blessing He has given us well and give back to Him. We are to lead them to Christ.
(C) Christ first. He should always be first in our lives and we should seek Him above all else. We can pass this along to our children by obeying this scripture. Sometimes we can get caught up in family traditions or the way the world does a thing that we forget what God says. Even in our parenting choices we should seek God first. If God is so detailed in how he fashioned tulips -many of them are never seen- how much more do you think he will help us, take pride in our parenting and do his best for us, our families and our children. We must be prayerful and be anxious for nothing so that we can respond to God’s direction. We must immerse our lives in God-reality, God initiative and God provision. Don’t worry about lacking or missing something and we will find that God gives us just what we need for Christ-like parenting, meeting and exceeding our children’s needs.