Faith Talks and God Sightings
What do you desire for your kids? Do you desire things like good health or a good job? I think we who are parents all want these things for our kids.We desire a future for our children? We will attempt to put them in excellent rated schools or hire instructors for them. What about spiritually? We might try to find churches that keep our kids busy with activities. We, as parents, unfortunately look to the professionals to train our children even in spiritual matters.
As I have been reading through the book of Proverbs, I come across Proverbs 24:13-14,
“My son, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste. Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.”
This is instruction from a parent to a child. It is a father instructing his son to heed the words that he teaches him. In Proverbs 22:17-18 he says, “Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge, for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips.”
All those things I mentioned before that we desire for our children can be good; however, the best is for them to treasure Christ in their hearts. God has designed parents to be the primary faith influencers in their children’s lives. The first implication is that parent’s would be treasuring the word of God in their hearts and applying it to their lives. One can only effectively teach that which is important to them. Second implication is for parents to be teaching their children. Do you take opportunities God provides to train your children? This can be accomplished in two different ways.
First, intentionally setting aside time during the week to come together as a family and read the bible, discuss, and pray together. This can be around the kitchen table or even in a park. This isn’t spontaneous but planned. We at Vann are referring to these talks as Faith Talks.
Secondly, training children can take place spontaneously. When you are at the ballpark or in the car, you can recognize the opportunity to teach them about God. One might see a beautiful sunset and explain how God created that sunset to display His power and beauty. I have had my daughter even initiate these conversations recently as she noticed her creative personality was given by God because He is a Creating God. It doesn’t get any better than to have your children initiates these! We call these talks God-Sightings.
Parents, we get the privilege to pour into our children the truths of God’s word and how they make a difference in our lives. Embrace this responsibility and don’t source it out. Yes the church comes alongside you and encourages and equips you, but you are the ones to who the children look. It’s how God set it up. It isn’t always easy, and quite frankly, we fail many times over. But each failing time is an opportunity to point to Christ and to His grace and forgiveness offered through the life, death, and resurrection of His Son.
This is God’s design for the future of those whom He has created and allowed us to treasure and train. May their righteousness exceed our own, for the glory of God and His Kingdom.
On the parenting journey,