Parenting is not a game, yet it requires good coaching, an efficient game plan, team effort, and an eye on the goal. In Deuteronomy 6, God’s Word says that parents are to teach their children about Him all the time; they are to live with a constant awareness of His presence and His will in every area of life. It is only possible to show your child God if you know God. You can point across the room and say, “There He is…there’s Jesus,” but for your child to know God they need to look at you and see who you are and say to themselves, “There’s Jesus.” They need to see your example of Christ living in you, not just hear about Him.

Scriptures
Pr 3:6; Phil 3:10; Josh 24:15; Deut 6:4-9

Verse
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Pr 3:6) 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. (Deut 6:6-7)

Thought
Make God known to your children by praying with them, reading the Bible and attending church regularly. You must establish for them the importance of Christian teaching and relationships. Have a solid playbook. Children need guidance and boundaries. It’s up to you to establish the values your family will hold to and honor. As coach, you must know your child and understand their strengths and weaknesses. Your plan for them needs to be God’s plan for them and not some underlying personal need that you want to live out through your child. Time is of the essence. You are on the clock. Make the most of what God has entrusted to you. It’s a great responsibility to be a parent, but it’s also an honor and a privilege. Be thankful, be diligent, trust God for wisdom.

Questions
Have you established a clear set of values for your family? Can your children identify the boundaries that exist in your household? How well do your children know God? What do you feel you have done/are doing well? In what area do you know you need to improve?

Response
Look at your family and the priorities of your household. Determine what changes need to be made. Talk with your family about these things and establish a playbook that will focus your team on reaching the goal that God intended.

Prayer
Lord, thank you for entrusting me with children to love, care for and lead. Help me to be the Godly example that they need to build a strong faith and future. More than anything I want my children to know you, Lord. Make my life an example of your love and grace and help me keep my priorities straight—God, family, everything else. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.