Yesterday I was reminded again of the importance – and urgency – of passing down a love for God and His Word to my kids.
Not only that, but in the last six weeks my daughters have turned ten and four. (Yes…I’m all birthday-partied-out.) I can’t help but think about something I heard Michelle Anthony – the author of the fantastic book Spiritual Parenting – say a couple years ago:
With parenting…the days are long and the years are short.
So, so true!
I woke up this morning way too early (the sun hasn’t risen yet as I type this) with God reminding me,
Make passing on a love for Me and My Word a priority Keith. Make it a priority!
Making it a priority.
This is actually the final principle I write about in my book Like Ice Cream: The Scoop on Helping the Next Generation Fall in Love with God’s Word.
Over the next week, I want to share three excerpts from that chapter with you. Each will look at one element of making it a priority. Here’s the first…
To be clear: This is not just a time issue. Time is only one indicator of priorities. I firmly believe that looking at “time spent” is much more valuable when looking back than when looking ahead. If you look back at the previous week or month, there will certainly be some value in assessing how much time you spent reading the Bible, discussing it, or finding creative ways to weave the truths of Scripture into everyday life. If the time you spent was nonexistent or very minimal, that should certainly be a red flag.
However, we often take the “time spent” method and use it to prescribe what our day, week, or month should look like. We will spend 30 minutes doing this Bible activity. We will go to church for 90 minutes once a week. We will have small group every other Tuesday evening.
What happens when you miss something in that scenario? Talk about guilt! When we reduce falling in love with God’s Word to items on our To Do List, we set ourselves up for failure. This approach also removes the relational component for our interaction with God through His Word. Remember: The goal is to help the next generation fall in love with God and His Word, not just know it in their heads.
I understand that this is a bit of a sticky issue. On the one hand I am saying we need to make the Bible a priority. On the other I am saying to not make it just about the time spent doing the activities that typically indicate that something is a priority. This is one of those gray areas that isn’t as neat and clean as we would like it to be. Bottom line: Use time as an evaluator not just a prescriber.
The next post will look at Element #2 of making passing along a love for God and His Word a priority. Until then, I’d love to hear you reactions.
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