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Vol.  9  No. 7 July 2007  Page 14
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Rodney NulphAre You Failing Your Kids?

By Rodney Nulph

    Most times as parents we all want what is best for our kids. We seek the best possible food and dietary needs for them as they develop and grow. When the time comes for our children to go to school, we make certain that they receive the best education they can obtain. We will sacrifice many evenings in aiding them with homework and other “out of school” activities. Parents will often make sure their children visit the doctor and dentist regularly so that they have proper physical health. We make sure that our children have regular baths and brush their teeth on a regular basis to prevent poor health. Most parents make sure their kids are happy and safe and given those things in life that they need.

    However, when it comes to spiritual development, those same concerned parents often fail. While it is important to provide and care for our children physically, it should not be to the neglect of the spiritual. If, as parents, we fail to instill in our kids the importance of God and the church, my friend we have failed to the utmost degree! We owe it to our precious children’s souls to make certain that we “Seek the kingdom first” (Matthew 6:33). Our kids will be able to tell whether church is something we do on Sunday or Christianity is something we live each day. If God is first, our kids will have a greater opportunity to be faithful to the Lord themselves. In the early years of a child’s life, habits and attitudes are formed very quickly. If we do not form them with the attitude that God is first and all else is second, we fail!

    There are countless pressures on parents and children to go in many different directions. There are ball games to attend, homework to do, school activities with which to be involved and 4-H projects to complete. While none of these in and of themselves is wrong, they can become wrong if our emphasis is misplaced. God first, then school activities must be our motto. Why as parents do we cut God out when there is a conflict in our schedules? If we cut God out just a little bit when our kids are young, more times than not, they will cut God out completely when they are older.

    Parents, it is up to us to, “…bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4b). Let’s resolve to put God where he belongs, number 1 in our lives! When it comes to a point in our schedules when something must be cut, LET’S NOT CUT GOD! As parents, we have a grave responsibility to show our kids who takes first place. Paul declared, “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence” (Colossians 1:18). Does God have preeminence in your life, and does he take priority over all other things? If not, we are failing our kids miserably! Who or what is first in your life? Are you failing your kids?

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