When our children were young my husband’s work required that he travel to attend conferences. Of course he preferred I accompany him, but we had small children and I hated to leave them.
Yet there were times when I did travel and the grandparents would come and stay. Always in the back of my mind there was the thought: “What if something happens and we never return? What will happen to the children? Will they grow up learning to love Jesus and the Word of God?”
My heart would ache as we prepared to leave. A few days before departure I would have a private conversation with each child. I’d take one aside and say, “I want to talk to you about something that is very, very important.”
His eyes would get big and questioning. I’d continue, “What I’m going to tell you is the most important thing in the whole world. Nothing is more important than this. It’s about Jesus Christ. I want you to always remember that loving Jesus and putting Him first in Your life is the most important thing in the whole world. Nothing is more important than this. Okay? You will remember that, won’t you? I know you will.” Then I’d give a hug.
The next time we traveled I’d go through the same routine. Now they are adults and I praise God that our kids are firmly committed to following Christ with their lives, as are their spouses. To this day I believe that these short conversations were not in vain. Of course, there were other ways God helped us raise up godly children. There were our daily devotions, Bible study, prayer time and of course, guitar playing and singing praises to our God.
These memories I cherish. I praise God as I see our children raising up their children with the same zeal for Christ.
- But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:14-17