The Proof is in the Pudding

posted by Bethel Kids | Sep 14, 2021

Written by Kim Wilson

As a baker, I know how important it is to use quality ingredients.  Exact measurements, the right temperature, the tried-and-true process…  It all adds up to a delight!  The times that I’ve been in a big hurry or was distracted, didn’t end up in the reward I had set out for.

I’ve been thinking lately that the same is true in parenting.  The right ingredients and intent can most often lead to a child that glorifies God.  

“Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always so that it might go well with them and their children forever!” Deuteronomy 5:29

This Bible verse really sums it up because it applies to both the parents and their children.  Yes, Christians can develop from any background or story.  But we’re talking about our parental role here.  What can I do to foster the best result from my children and hopefully my children’s children?

Dedicating a child to the Lord is great.  But it’s a huge commitment!  We didn’t realize it fully when we dedicated our two sons fifteen and eighteen years ago.  Keeping that commitment takes heart, determination, and fortitude.  

“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children.  Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7

So, what are some of the ingredients?

Prioritizing regular church attendance
Being involved in Sunday School
Praying for our children
Serving in the church and in the community representing Christ’s church
Giving financially, in talent, and time
Prioritizing daily bread, (Bible reading)
Being a living example of faith

God is good!  He is trustworthy to do His part.  We just need to do ours.

“And so I am sure confident that God, who began this good work in you, will carry it on until it is finished on the Day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6

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