Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
People do what they know.
People learn what they know while they’re growing up.
What we’re teaching our kids right now will be what our world (and our churches) look like in 20 years.
Here’s what I know… As a culture, we’re great at teaching competition, self-focus, anger and long memories.
- We regularly teach our kids that winning a soccer game is better than enjoying it.
- We look to take care of ourselves – our own needs and wants – before we consider if there’s enough extra to help someone else.
- We unashamedly speak of our quick tempers and are quick to explain why we can’t stand certain people.
Church, we must get better at teaching love, selflessness, joy and forgiveness.
- Winning isn’t everything.
- Comfort isn’t enough.
- Emotions mislead.
- And grudges destroy.
Parents, we must show our kids a better way. Our legacy depends on it.