Last night I had an interesting conversation, one of those conversations that left me really thinking. We were at a summer gathering, so amidst a crowd of people, another woman and I started to chat. The topic of knowing we need a Savior came up. Both of us made messes of our lives, so we could really see the difference Christ made when He took over. Yet, how do we pass that on to our children who have always been in the Christian environment, without their having to live their own depravity through personal experience?
Since she was the one that posed the question of, “How do we do that,” I felt compelled to give an answer.
· Live a passionate relationship with Christ for our children to follow
· Pray for them, proactively not just reactively
· Keep conversation open, talk, talk, talk with children
Yep, those are some keys. There was one big one I missed though. My first response when the other woman shared a point she had just read was, “I hadn’t thought of that just now, but I totally agree.” The point was not easy for her to swallow. Her first reaction when she read it was to throw the book across the room. Oh how I pray that is not your response.
She had read that the quickest way to have children that obey us and God was to:
Have a good marriage!
Our respect for our husband and his love for us speaks louder than any other influence on our children following Christ. Start today, we can repair what is broken and nurture what is healthy. Let’s prioritize our marriage and truly be an example of Christ and the church to our children. Read Eph. 5: 22-33 to get a jump start. There is no need to be concerned about our husband not fulfilling his part; we must do our part and let God do the rest.