Jay's eDevotionals  

Jul 31

Raising Champions for Christ Requires a Plan, Partners and Perseverance!

Someone observed, “The trouble with being a parent is that by the time you are experienced, you are unemployed!”

God wants us to raise children who are champs not chumps—heroes not zeros.

Raising Champions for Christ starts by embracing God’s Plan for your Family. Mom and Dad need to be committed to Christ and each other by declaring with Joshua, “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15) Then you intentionally implement Deuteronomy 6:5-9 and make your home a “learning lab for the Lord” where you consistently teach and model how to follow Jesus by living out the core values of love, purity and serving.

Next, engage partners in a healthy church family. Bring your children consistently to the spiritual growth opportunities of worship, Bible Study Classes, special discipleship training events like choir, Bible Drill, RA’s, GA’s, Vacation Bible School, and other special events. We use partners to coach our children in academics, athletics and the arts. Develop spiritual partnerships with your Church’s Coaching Team who will help you “train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) Remember that developing health and skill is an AGGREGATE. Which meal made you healthy? It was an aggregate of many nutritious meals that produces health. Which class made you proficient in academics, athletics or an art? It was an aggregate of learning and practice that produces a skill. So when you consistently train your child at home and engage reinforcing mentors at church, your child’s earthly and eternal benefit will come in the form of developing an authentic faith in Jesus that will help them become a stable and productive person of love, purity and serving.

Lastly, raising Champions for Christ requires large doses of PERSEVERANCE! ”Run your race with endurance...” (Hebrews 12:1-2) Never quit. Keep trusting the Lord and do your part of consistently praying for your children and modeling what it looks like to follow Jesus every day!

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