february 24th - SuperHeroes
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. "Honor your father and mother," which is the first commandment with promise: "that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth." And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. Eph 6:1-4 (NKJV)
Are you a "Superhero?" You are probably thinking, "Of course not." You probably don't have any of the super-powers associated with the superheroes of comic books; however, if you have young children or grandchildren, you have the opportunity to be the ultimate superhero in the eyes of a child. I would further argue that you indeed have a super-power. It is called, "love."
What can you do with this super-power? You can shape the thinking and the destiny of the children in your life. You can make them feel loved and secure. You can instill Christian values by being an example and by encouraging the formation of faith in their lives. You have the power to make a difference!
Now there will probably come a time, as your children grow up, where they have lost the awe and wonder concerning you, but if you have built the proper relational connections, your influence will remain. For better or for worse, parents and grandparents have influence. Why not make the effort to unselfishly unleash the power of love and bless the lives of your children?
The Bible gives children the instruction to honor and obey their parents. It is easy for a child to obey this command when they have Superhero parents! When a child feels loved and cherished, it produces a two-way road in which love and affection is returned. In the life of a child this love becomes the bedrock of a good life.
From the bedrock of parental love a child can be effectively trained in the admonition of the Lord. This love relationship forms the perfect environment for bringing authenticity to the work of passing down our spiritual heritage. There is no greater work than this. Step up and be a Superhero!
Author's Note: No parent is perfect, but we cannot afford to fail when it comes to loving our children. The most loving thing we can do for our children is to share our faith. Too often, Evangelism is thought about as a distant work of converting people to Christ. Actually, for those who have children living in the home, Evangelism starts right where you live. RJD