I preached yesterday about the Harvest being great. That God is calling dads to step up and be real men who love God, love their wives, and love their children. My final point was one of dads being involved in the spiritual lives of their children. Way too often we leave this up to moms or grandparents or the children's or youth minister. But what could be more important than our children seeing and hearing daddy praying, reading the Bible, going to church, serving and loving others?
Well, I got a good kick in the butt today. I was reading Dan Kimball's blog where he posted about his daughters' experience at Mars Hill Church in Seattle, WA. He shared that his daughters, who are six by the way, learned the Great Shema in Children's church. Not only that but they were able to explain it back to daddy Kimball, and the next day they could still recite it.
No really, WOW!
I want our house to be a godly home. I want to be a family whose children hear and see and learn the Scriptures lived out. I want my babies to see us pray. And I want whatever church I'm serving or my kids are attending to be a church where our children are taught about God...where they are excited to recite what they've learned...and where they internalize it and live it out loud.
Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God, the LORD alone!
Deut. 6:4 (the opening verse of the Great Shema...which means "Hear!" or "Listen up!")