To Love & To Lead: Staff Discussions

From the Heart of Your Children's Minister

Posted on Feb 7, 2017 by Shea Marsh

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“You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.  You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between our eyes.  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”  - Deuteronomy 6:7-9 (ESV)

Exhausted, spent, running in a million directions, stressed, a to-do list a mile long.  Sound familiar? Me too!  You are not alone in this battle called Parenthood. It is so easy to get caught up in the day to day errands, school work, activities and the list goes on and on.    

In the everyday routine, what are we communicating are the most important things to our kids?  Are we using every opportunity to share the Love and Truth of Jesus with our children?  Are we teaching them as “We Walk by the Way and when we lie down, and when we rise” as Deuteronomy instructs us to?  God provides several opportunities throughout each day for us as parents to turn everyday situations and challenges into moments we can preach Jesus to our kids.  

As parents, our most important job is to be the spiritual leaders in our children’s lives. Is that a call for us to be perfect?  Not a chance!  It means we get the all-important call of being the lead teacher of Jesus in our kids lives.

Just like we as parents do not stumble into spirituality, neither do our children!We get to show them with our priorities what is most important.  We also get to show Jesus through our reactions to our children.  I have messed up in this area more times than I would like to admit BUT there is grace each day.  I get to use those examples when I mess up to share with my kids that God forgives and restores us each and every time I mess up...and He does the same thing for them.  

Children are not a distraction from the more important work.  They are the MOST important work.  - Anonymous



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