We have just enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and are looking forward to celebrating Christmas. Every time I get near the end of another year, I get reflective. I can’t help but think of the goodness of God in my life. Oh we have had our fair share of challenges, but the blessings so far outweigh them that they all but disappear in comparison.
One of the blessings that Gina and I have received from God is the children He has placed in our home; He has given us three wonderful children. The older they get, the more fun we have with them. Yet, the older they get, the more we realize how important it is to intentionally invest in their lives.
I will never forget the words of my Uncle Will. He has four children that all are doing well and serving the Lord. Somebody commented to him one day, “you sure are lucky, your kids have all turned out so well.” His response was, “luck had nothing to do with it; it was hard work and sacrifice! But now I am enjoying the benefits of training them in the ways of the Lord.”
I think he was right. The Bible says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). Parenting is hard work, but what an investment. I am proud of my children, but I know that the jury is still out. They are just starting their journey and we are not yet through the teenage years. But I already see the benefit of intentional time with them, teaching them about the things of God.
But the key to successful parenting is living before the children what you believe, and being consistent to follow through on what you say. So here is my challenge for you this Christmas season: Intentionally invest in your children. No matter how old or young they are, make sure they understand what you believe about Christmas. Jesus Christ is the Son of God that came into the world to save us from our sins. Because of His death and resurrection, He will forgive our sin through repentance and give us new life; eternal life. And as Christians, we have a personal relationship with Christ that is real and practical every day.
So what does that look like in your home? What are you passing on to your children? We can never assume that they “get it,” we need to make sure that we invest in their lives. What better time to make that investment, than family time at Christmas.