Every parent wishes the same for their child: a better life than they had. That is not to say that any of us had it bad. We simply want the best life for our children possible.
- We want better playsets, so we build massive ones in the yard.
- We want better clothes, so we buy $85 Miss Me’s.
- We want better birthday parties, so we have huge events.
- We want better gifts, so we give them high-tech toys before they are ready.
- We want better cars, so we give them the newest and best.
I get it. I am tempted to do the very same thing. I have built the play set and am helping plan the next birthday party. The problem comes when we try to do the same thing with eternity. No matter how much passion you have about it, you can’t wish it to be true. Even if you see the first star of the night, you can’t make it happen.
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.
They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.
What can be done?
You can pray. Start right now. Maybe your child is not born yet, start anyway. Ask God to help them have faith and believe. Ask God to prepare their heart to be receptive. Pray that you would have the consistency and integrity to keep them in Church.
You can live with integrity. The challenge to faith rises when we drop them off at church rather than leading them. Being consistent allows kids to feel secure and prepare them to believe. Keeping their innocence begins with your integrity.
Read the Bible to them. While it may be obvious we should read it for ourselves, reading to our children is a special opportunity. Start with Bible stories when very young. As they get older you can move to more difficult versions. At some point, you will just read THE BIBLE to them.
Teach them to pray. Help them understand it is just talking. No formulas. No magic. No spiritual voodoo. Train them to pray.
Show them how to tithe.
These are just a few things to consider. What would you add?