A kind friend. A financially responsible young adult. An upstanding citizen. A committed church member. A hard worker. A faithful spouse. And the list could go on and on and on. There are so many things, as a parent, that I want to instill and see my children grow up to be. Some have to do with competencies, others have to do with conduct. But by and far the greatest desire I have for my children is in the character department. Above all else, I want my children to know, love, and serve Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
I want my kids to have a faith that stands firm beyond the walls of our house and the years of our direct influence. It is an overwhelming task. It is a burden I can only bear when I recognize I am not the one who is ultimately responsible for the salvation and sanctification of my children. But I do play a role. Research shows a parents influence far exceeds any other in terms of faith development. But what exactly should I be seeking and developing in my children to see a lasting faith in their lives?
There are 10 influences that Jana Magruder unpacks in her research backed book “Nothing Less“. But since we all don’t have time to read an entire book this weekend, Eric Geiger “Reveals the 5 Biggest Influencers on Your Child’s Spiritual Health“. If you are a parent, you NEED to read this.
Enjoy the article and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!