At the start of every year, we all have goals and resolutions that we say we will work on or do. For most, it’s a goal to lose weight or get healthier. Though we get excited about those goals we often don’t follow through. We might go to the gym or a week or two, but we have a hard time sticking to our goals. What about your spiritual goals? It’s easy to say we want to deepen our relationship with Jesus and spend time reading the Bible, but do we actually take time out of our day and make it a priority? My challenge to you this year is do this not only for your benefit, but for your children and families as well.
In 2nd Timothy 1:5-6, Paul writes this to Timothy, “I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you. This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you.” Imagine someone being so impressed by your children’s faith that they recognize the work that you and your family has done to grow and nurture that faith. How can we do that for our kids?
I think there are two simple ways that we can achieve that! The first is to model the behavior we want to see in our kids. If you want your student to have a close relationship with Jesus, you must have one first! Let your kids and spouse see you spend time with God every day, talk to them about what God has been teaching you and teach them how to read and study their Bible! The second is to be intentional about the conversations and interactions you have with your kids and how can you use everyday moments to “fan the flame” of their faith. Let it be your goal as a family to grow closer to God this year! Maybe you are still struggling with your own relationship with Jesus and don’t think that God could use you to do anything in your child’s life. It’s never too late to get serious about your own faith and relationship.
Let 2020 be that year!