Yesterday I dropped off my oldest daughter at the airport to catch a flight to South America for a month long mission. She will be working at a couple of orphanages, a school, and will prepare for a team from our church to join her the last week of her mission. She will share the gospel and care for people in need. I am proud of her and have confidence that she will do well.
When she was still in the womb my wife and I would pray for the daughter that would be born to us. There is one prayer we prayed over and over again…
“Oh, Lord, give her a love for the things of God!”
There are many things for which I have prayed and not received the answer that I had hoped. But this prayer has been answered many times in my daughter’s life and I am so thankful.
There is nothing I could want more than for my child to love the Lord. Nothing!
That prayer shaped how we parented our girl and our other children as well. We realized that we had to be a part of the answer to our petition.
We realized for our daughter to love the things of God we had to love the things of God as well. Our affection for God had to lead us to love prayer, love the Scriptures, love the Church, love serving others, love giving, and love taking the gospel to all manner of people.
We certainly were not perfect in our example, but we were genuine. Our kids saw us love God’s people, love and give to others, and saw us travel the world on occasion to share the gospel.
We prayed with and for our children, talked about God and prayed for people who did not yet know the love of Christ. They caught the vision to do the same.
We realized that we could not afford to compartmentalize our faith at church. We had observed many who lived out their relationship with God in the church house, but then said little about the Lord at their house. We realized that God would have to be the central figure and most important Person of our home.
Don’t get me wrong! We have made a boatload of mistakes. We have failed miserably over and over.
But somehow through it all our kids caught the vision for themselves. This was driven home for me once again as I gave my eldest child one last hug before sending her off to another country.
What is going to change the world? A generation that loves the things of God.
Let’s pray for them this way, but most of all let’s live this out before them.
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