One of the hardest things I’ve come across in being a parent is teaching my kids about God. You’d think that would be easy. I mean, we go to church, we pray at times other than just bedtime, we talk about God. But, my kids still come to me as their first line of defense. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not upset that they come to me. I’m a little concerned that I’m not doing my part.
God gave me the most awesome little boys to raise. That’s a huge privilege and even more responsibility. Sometimes I wonder if God knew what He was doing in giving me such precious children BUT I know He doesn’t make mistakes. Even so, my job as a parent is to raise my children in adults who not only know who God is but who exhibit Him in every pore of their beings.
I’ve been putting a lot of thought into this. Reading some books and whatnot. But, I finally realized what should have been obvious from the beginning. Children mimic what they see. And what do I do when something goes wrong? I call my mom (or my dad if it’s something with my truck!). My parents are my first line of defense. So, in an effort to correct how I’m teaching my kids I’m having to correct my own instincts.
I wonder when that changed. I used to be in such a place where my first thought was to always cry out to God, no matter what the issue – big or small. He used to be my first line of defense and now He’s only sometimes my first instinct and even then it seems to be when things are not going the way I want them. Hmm, when did that change? My wants versus His will.
Wow. I have a lot of work to do. Fortunately, my Heavenly Father meets me where I am and with open arms to boot!