From the President’s Desk
Where there is no vision the people perish. Proverbs 29:18a
Recently, I attended a national leadership conference. One of the speakers there gave a brief talk about family relations and homeschooling this next generation to have a vision, a solid Biblical worldview, and to raise godly and courageous parents of the generations to follow.
It made me think about this up and coming generation. I, along with my wife, have been homeschooling for over 17 years. I am eternally grateful to see how my daughters have grown up and love God on their own. They are faithful to church. They participate and work at the annual convention. They possess a good Biblical worldview. And I say all this for the glory of God. It is my desire that they in turn will one day raise their families for the kingdom of God and to serve where God calls them.
Now, I want to turn the attention to all of you. How is it going in your home? Do your children love the Lord for themselves? Are you raising a generation of future godly parents? What about their Biblical worldview? This is not a scolding by any means. Maybe a gentle reminder. What is your vision for your family? Are you fostering a spirit into this next generation to take the baton when the time comes? Are you passing along your faith? Or is your homeschooling just accomplishing an education?
In an article from Charles Stanley, he gives six points that I believe can help us. I hope they encourage you.
Godly parenting takes . . .
1) Principle: We must instruct our children in the ways of God. Read Deuteronomy 6:4-7. How often were the people of Israel supposed to talk about their faith?
2) Pattern: Children learn more by watching us than by listening to what we say.
Your example is a key ingredient to passing down your faith. For example, if you pray as a family when life is difficult, children learn they can go to God with their worries.
3) Persistence: We pass on faith by doing the right thing consistently.
No parent is perfect. But those who do the right thing day by day—not just when it is convenient—make a powerful impression on their children. Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.”
4) Participation: When we get involved in the lives of our children, we establish a caring relationship that makes it easier to communicate with them about our faith.
Without taking on their responsibilities, do your best to help your children with their problems. For younger kids, this may mean giving advice outright or helping them find the answer in God’s Word. Older children may prefer to talk through their ideas with you to reach a solution. If they say something with which you strongly disagree, try not to overreact. Instead, ask how they came to that conclusion. Keep the lines of communication open so you can guide them toward a biblical perspective.
5) Praise: The greatest motivation for learning is praise.
As a motivator, encouragement is more effective than constant correction. Spend more time praising your child for what he does right than you do critiquing his mistakes. Offer help if it’s needed, but don’t be overly demanding (Col. 3:21).
6) Prayer: If you consistently pray with and for your children, you will demonstrate the importance of prayer.
Jesus set an example for us by praying in all types of situations. He prayed for the sick, for calm weather, and for miraculous provision. He prayed at the height of His popularity and when He anticipated persecution and suffering.
Parents, this is your opportunity as a family to make this the best time together. Build those family relations. Have fun. Worship together. Pray! Pray! And pray some more! The time quickly passes and they will leave for college, get married, go to work, etc. Make this time count! And make sure that you are passing the baton of faith to this next generation!
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