Are our kids worth fighting for? I’m imagining everyone reading this saying a resounding, “Yes, of course!” Imagine sending a soldier out to war without armor, without weapons and no communication devices. Not just sending him out to war, but expecting victory. Imagine that warrior coming home beat up and wounded. There would be no question as to why it happens. He was given no armor. How bad would you feel if you had the armor the entire time, but never gave it to him?
This sounds like a less than ideal scenario, yet I feel us as parents do this all the time. We send our kids out into the world, their schools, neighborhoods, malls, with friends and expect them to act “Christ-like”, yet we haven’t invested in them the tools. Then, when they mess up we try to fix it and bandage the wounds rather than helping them put their armor on first.
We would never do that to our soldiers, so why do we do it to our children? When our children were conceived, it became our duty and calling from God to train them. It doesn’t matter if it’s not convenient. They didn’t have a choice in the matter. They’re our little “soldiers” waiting to be trained. They’re waiting for dad and/or mom to show and tell them what they need to know before we send them off.
How can we do this?
- Talking to your kids regularly about Jesus must be a priority. Use a devotional for kids, teens or families.
- Live out what it means to be a Christ-follower. This doesn’t mean you have to be perfect, but it does mean when you mess up, make sure they see and hear you asking forgiveness.
- Church should be a priority. Not every church event has to be a priority, but regularly attending and serving in church should be. It’s so important for our kids to be around those who believe in them, love Jesus and who have prepared God-centered lessons just for them.
I’m committed to sending my kids off someday. When that day comes, I want to set them up for success—fully armored and trust the Holy Spirit to do the rest!