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May 13, 2016, 8:52 AM

Sticky Faith


I’m looking at the calendar and I cannot believe that we have a little over two weeks left of school!  I can only imagine what the parents of seniors are feeling right now.  “Are my kids ready for the next phase of their journey?  Did I give them the spiritual foundation, the moral compass, the inner resolve to navigate life successfully? Are they grounded in their relationship with Christ and know what is truly important? Do they have the people skills to work well with others?”

These are great questions we all need to be asking ourselves all throughout our parenting life cycle.  Each day is an opportunity to invest, to impart, and to impress our faith and values onto our children.  Faith is not just taught, it is “caught.”  Moses tells all the moms and dads that their role is critical in creating an amazing home, culture, and country.  He tells them not to shirk their responsibility, but be intentional.

Deut. 6:4-9 (NIV) 4 “Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. 5 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. 6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. 7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. 8 Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. 9 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

Faith that sticks is real, relevant, and relational. We are not to ignore or side-step the questions of life, but seize every day opportunities to communicate truth in a loving way. 

OUR NUMBER 1 PARENTAL PRIORITY:  Create a family environment where God is SUPREME. 

Every day, every place, every opportunity is an altar to encounter God & serve Him (Romans 12:1,2).  Whether we are at the store, shuttling kids to games, watching TV, putting them to bed or on our way to church, we are to:

  1. TEACH our kids what a fully-devoted life looks like
    • Not just what, but why
  1. TRAIN them to follow God whole-heartedly
    • Not just why, but how

Sticky faith is stickiest when we involve our kids in our faith journey. 

We must be intentional & consistent.  Paul tells us: "Oh, my dear children! I feel as if I’m going through labor pains for you again, and they will continue until Christ is fully developed in your lives."  (Galatians 4:19, NLT)

Let’s enjoy our kids, savor every moment we have with them, and make this summer memorable.  As you map out your summer

  • Pray—for opportunities to lean into your kids and make a lasting, spiritual impression
  • Planbe intentional about growing spiritually as a family.  Maybe a new routine (prayer at bed time, serving together as a family, devotions, etc)
  • Persistthe hardest thing is starting.  The second hardest thing is continuing. The third hardest thing is finishing.  Don’t give up—the reward is right around the corner. 

Shaping Hearts & Minds,

Dr. Chris

 


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