“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
I just got home from a week at Kids Camp where I was helping out with a group of kids from our church including my 7-year-old son. It was an amazing time of swimming, junk food, sunburn and watching dozens of kids make a decision to follow Jesus. I’m exhausted and I’ve got some serious indigestion from all the camp food, but I am so thankful for the opportunity to be part of such an awesome experience!
As I was hanging out with these precious kids, I was reminded of how much God loves them and how great our responsibility is to teach them. The world is throwing so many message their way and the ideas they form in their impressionable minds in these early years will usually set the course for the rest of their lives. As a father of young children and as a pastor, I want to make sure that we’re teaching our kids all God wants them to know about Him, about the world around them and about themselves.
If we tech our kids nothing but these 3 Truths, I believe we’ll be giving them a solid foundation for the rest of their lives:
1. God Loves Them and has a plan for Their Life. Our primary role with children is to connect them to their Creator. Their sense of identity, purpose and destiny flow directly from their faith. Take them to church, let them see you praying and encourage them to read their Bible. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me. The Kingdom of Heaven belongs to ones like them.”
2. You Love Them no matter what! Kids need to know that we have high expectations for them, but that our love for them isn’t based on their performance. They must know that they are loved unconditionally. That knowledge gives them an unshakable sense of self confidence.
3. Every Choice we make has Consequences. We live in a world that tries to ignore any sense of accountability or responsibility. God wants us to raise our kids to know the Truth that every decision we make either creates future opportunities or limits future opportunities. From the friends we choose to how they study and every other decision both big or small will have some level of impact on their life. Train them make decisions based on their faith and principles and not based on their feelings and impulses.
If you teach your kids nothing else, teach them these three things and you’ll be preparing them well for life.