God wasn’t our number one for most of our marriage. If you would have asked my husband and I, we would have said that He was. But He wasn’t. We were very much striving for the American Dream.
We were raising our daughters to be good people because we were good people. Wasn’t that what we were supposed to be doing? Wasn’t that enough?
We taught them to say please and thank you. We taught them to be nice and polite and do what they’re told. We took them to church on Sundays to learn about God. We taught them the importance of a good education and how to be successful in American culture.
As my kids grew up, I started to think about what I really wanted them to be when they left our house.
Happy? Confident? Intelligent? Driven?
To a certain degree, yes, those things are useful. But, they are secondary values. As I pondered these things I began to question the values on which I had been so focused.
I realized that if I want my kids to have a lasting faith and a heart for God, then I needed to shoot for more than raising our kids to be good people.
When I found myself with teenagers, my thinking started to shift from the day to day issues with my kids, to the adults they would become. As my mind flashed forward, what I saw gave me pause.
My mind didn’t flash to them as hobos living on the street and begging for food. My mind didn’t flash to my daughters being porn stars or drug addicts. My mind flashed to their faith and character.
Who would they become? Would they continue to follow Christ as young adults?
What greater focus could there be this coming year than the spiritual lives of our kids? I challenge you to commit to being intentional about passing on a personal faith in Christ to your kids this year. Pouring In, Tipping the Scales in Favor of a Personal, Passionate, and Permanent Faith in Your Kids will empower you in this noble endeavor.
We go to church, you may say. Isn’t that enough? According to numerous studies, it isn’t.
Did you know somewhere between 60-75% of our kids leave the church when they leave home?
Did you know 85% of youth from Christian homes who attend public schools do not embrace a Christian worldview? (The Last Christian Generation, Josh McDowell, p.14)
2018 is here, and many of us have made New Year’s Resolutions. Losing weight, exercising, and reading the Bible are all noble goals. However, We have the rest of our lives to improve ourselves. How much time do we have left with our kids?
Do you see your kids wrestling with spiritual issues? Are you a regular part of their journey toward discovering the truth? Have you done everything you could this past year to build up faith in Christ in your children? If not, what better resolution could there be?
It’s a new year and anything is possible. You have a clean slate.
Man, I saw a lot of the mistakes that I made early on and I see a lot of the things I’m doing well now, and the difference this book would have made for me 28 years ago…I actually had a hard time putting this one down! —Jim
In this book, you will learn…
- why a majority of kids leave the church after they leave home
- why churched kids’ lifestyles often aren’t consistent with their religion
- the reality of what kids will encounter in college
- which things actually cause faith to stick to kids
- how to encourage your kids to depend on God
- 3 ways to nurture your kids so they will be open to the gospel
- 5 questions all teenagers must answer as they move into adulthood
- 11 mistakes Christian parents make that lead kids away from faith in Christ
Pouring in comes out in the next couple months. Pre-order your copy for just $12 today!
Pouring In, Tipping the Scales in Favor of a Personal, Passionate, and Permanent Faith in Your Kids
I’ve seen it in your eyes. Christian parents have been watching their teens turn away from the faith for decades, and you fear your kids will do the same. It is never too late to tip the scales in favor of your kids developing a personal, passionate, and permanent faith in Jesus Christ.