Last night two phone conversations sent this dad into another world. Let me share just a little of where my heart is today.
My girls left with our students for student camp yesterday that is taking place on the campus at Liberty University. Talked to one daughter via phone last night and the other via text message. The message I heard was this: "we are excited and already growing closer to Jesus." Can't tell you what that does to a father's heart and mind and my excitement.
The other phone call was from my 5 year old little boy as I was headed to a softball game. He called to talk about Jesus. And he is talking about Jesus and asking all kinds of questions (pray for Ryan as he does this). It was one of those special moments I have been waiting for. Here is why ...
3 John 1:4 (nlt) --- I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth.
Yes, my kids are young. But they are seeing God lived out in front of them not just at church but in their parent's lives. I am convinced that to see and hear our children living by faith, they have to see that in the reality of our lives.
Ephesians 6:4 (nasb) --- Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
We have some choices about how we lead our children. Are the kids just extra parts of our lives? Are they a bother or are they a blessing? What is our commitment to leading them? Do I catch myself scolding them more than I do encouraging them?
Proverbs 22:6 (nasb) --- Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.
That is our calling. To give our kids Jesus. Nothing less than what God is really like and who God is. Not an experience each week at church. But the living and breathing reality of God.
It brings this day no greater joy than to hear my children living by faith.