Giving Your Kids Jesus Part VI: Live With Purpose

Have you ever heard the phrase “Cleaning the house with a toddler present is like shoveling the driveway in a snow storm.” Can anyone relate? (And all the hands go up!)

There have been times in my life that I have felt the “Why bother?” or “Does it even matter?” Here I am spending all this energy and effort pouring myself into something, and I just start to wonder if it’s really worth it.

I want to end the series today with this encouragement – what you do matters.

The choices we make and the way we spend our time and energy…it all matters. Over the last three weeks, I have gained a renewed sense of vision and purpose for my children and have been challenged, yet again, with my level of intentionality.

Intentional means: “done on purpose, deliberate.” That’s how I want to parent my daughters. I don’t want to just drift through and let life happen to us and around us.

Parenting shouldn’t be like relaxing in a float while enjoying a ride down the lazy river. It’s much more like learning to stand on a surf board and take the waves as they come. Every action done on purpose and for a purpose.

In Judges 2:10-12 we read, “After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel. THEN the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord and served the Baals. They forgot the Lord, the God of their fathers, who brought them out of Egypt.”

When a generation of parents stop recounting the acts of the Lord to their children…when they neglect to pass it on…that’s when another generation grows up and knows nothing of the Lord or what He has done. That’s when they serve other gods. “They forget the Lord…the God of their fathers.” 

If we aren’t intentionally leading our children, imparting truth to their hearts, and telling them what He has done in our lives, they will forget the Lord.

This is why what we do matters.

We can, all too easily, slip into the mundane, repetitive, monotonous routines of our lives and forget that these are the days we should be living with intention and purpose. We have an opportunity to turn the monotonous mundane into miraculous moments.

We can let the day happen to us…or WE can happen to the day.

Parent on purpose. Live with intention.

Yes, that’s a lot harder to do than treating life like a ride down the lazy river, but it’s worth it.  It is so worth it.

Don’t get caught up in the glitter of what this world offers…it’s fleeting. Redefine what success looks like in your home. Cultivate your own personal relationship with Christ because that’s where your life ultimately comes from. Bring your children along with you, and teach them how to find Jesus for themselves. Be intentional…day-by-day and moment-by-moment. Live with purpose while never neglecting to tell your children about the Lord and all He’s done in your lives.

We overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony (Rom. 12:11). You have a story and a testimony, and your children need to hear it. Your victories will impact their lives. Your children will walk in victory because of the battles you fought long before they were even born, but they will never know about it if you don’t tell them.

What’s your vision for your family? What kind of relationship do you want your children to have with Jesus? Write it down. Read it every day. Take purpose filled steps toward making it a reality.

3 John 1:4 says, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”

That is the truth. We end where we began…It doesn’t matter if they grow up to be world renown surgeons, astronauts, professional athletes, dedicated school teachers, or millionaires…if they don’t have Jesus, they have nothing. 

Give your children Jesus, and You will have given them everything they could ever need.

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