This is what the Lord requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)
Sometimes I just want to run away. At times it’s vital to my well-being while other times I just need to take a few days and forget about the busy world that always surrounds me. Sure there are times that a bath does the trick, but when it doesn’t, I leave town.
This Spring was a very busy season for me and so one weekend this summer I escaped for a few days and did nothing but spend time with my husband and our two youngest grandchildren. As a younger parent, I loved to get away from the little ones but as a grandparent, I love to get away with them.
I suspect you have listened to countless grandmothers brag about their beautiful grandchildren. But please hang with me, because I do have a point—a vital one. And I promise to be brief (you can always call me later!).
When we take them out, we are consistently reminded by others what we already know: They have the utmost respect and remarkable manners. They are a real joy and they make us incredibly proud.
Raising children with this kind of behavior doesn’t happen overnight. They are not born like this—at least not in our family. It takes day after day, year after year, of consistent and intentional parenting. It takes hard work and dedication molding and shaping them over these formative years.
No one influences and impacts children like their parents. Although others affect the youth of today—teachers, coaches, pastors—solid instruction needs to start at home.
It’s an incredible responsibility that God gave us as parents—one that we should not take lightly.
It’s more than making sure our children eat nutritious food and get adequate amounts of sleep. It’s more than having them attend the best schools. It’s more than taking karate, dance, soccer, and piano lessons. While all these things are good, we need to remember they need much more.
So much more.
We may not be able to control everything our children are exposed to but we can influence them to ensure they make healthy choices as they grow. In today’s culture, it’s even more important to model good behavior within our homes. Our children need to hear us pray. They need to see our love for each other and others. They need to see what trusting God and what forgiveness looks like. They need to know what it means to respect others. They need to see what a grateful heart does.
My daughter and son-in-law have taken significant strides in making sure their children have a healthy environment during the most formative years. Is it easy? No. Is it worth it? You bet. Their actions, discipline, and love is focused on one thing—training them up to be America’s future. What if we all took this focus as parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles? What would our world look like if we helped raise more adults into our culture who respect authority, serve our country, live in grace and freedom, and love Jesus more than we do?
As parents and grandparents, our actions have an enormous impact on our family. We need to be intentional about our activities and display Christ-like love. It’s a crazy world out there, so it’s up to us to teach this generation to show compassion and respect, choose love, and walk humbly with our God.