Raising Kids To Be Holy In A Secular World

I was in my kitchen, finishing dishes the other night and I heard the Lord speak into my heart the word, “Holy.” My son was standing there, so I started to explain holiness the best I could to a six year old. I think about my own childhood at times, remembering how rebellious I was as a teenager and I wonder how my own kids will be when they get older. The pull of the secular world is even stronger now than it was then. Which was only about 20 years ago. My son is only 6, and he already is starting to ask why he can’t do certain things that other kids do. Sometimes I get anxious, but mostly, I remember that I need to PRAY hard for them on a consistent basis. I never want my kids to be scared of Jesus. Growing up, I was. Raised in religion, I was always scared of doing something wrong. Afraid that God would “get me.” I never want that for my kids. Love is who God is! I want them to know the true nature of the Lord and choose to love and serve Him because He loves them so much. I want my kids to love the Lord because they see him in nature and recognize the blessings in their lives from Him. It starts with me. And the Lord does remind me of that often. Letting the Holy Spirit work in my heart and change me is going to affect the way my kids know Jesus. Being obedient to the Lord will change your kids’ lives too. Ultimately, they have their own free will and will have the choice to serve Him or not when they come of age, but the Word of God says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6. I mean, I take my kids to church on Sundays, I pray with them at night, they see me praying and reading my Bible throughout the day, I read them their kids’ Bibles and play Bible stories for them on YouTube. I pray for them every day… What more can I do? One thing I do pray about often is the influence of other kids in school. School is the one place my son spends time that I don’t know exactly what he’s seeing and hearing. But I trust my Father, that whatever I instill in him at home is ingrained in his mind when he hears other kids at school saying bad words or being disrespectful, or talking about things they shouldn’t know about at that age (yes, in kindergarten). Being an example of holiness is the best thing I can do. Again, not being perfect, I need the Holy Spirit for this. Parenting is just another area of life (a big one!) that we need to let Him lead us in. Your kids seeing your love for the Lord, giving thanks to Him for all you have, and being kind and giving to other people can have a huge impact on the way they grow up. Holiness is not boring. Holiness is not a burden. Holiness is not hard. Without the Holy Spirit it is. It’s impossible without Him! I have learned that holiness is freedom. Freedom from trying to be something you’re not. Freedom from having to impress somebody. Freedom from comparing yourself to what others have, because you’re content and grateful for what the Lord has given you. I don’t regret having been through what I have in life. Because of the testimony I have now. But I believe the sooner a child begins a relationship with Christ, the better. A person’s quality of life has got to be so much better, the sooner they let the Lord lead them on the path of righteousness. I think, the biggest influence secularism has on kids these days is TV, the internet and video games. So much can be put into their young minds through the screen time they spend. So as parents, we must be cautious. Parental controls, being mindful of the games they play, taking the phone away at night, and limiting screen time in general is key. Encouraging other activities to take up their time is important too. As i write this, I’m hoping this post doesn’t sound restrictive and overbearing, but this is the way we must be as parents today! I believe that one who is truly concerned about raising their kids in the Way of the Lord will see the value in this. My kids have fun! But I teach them respect and a love for the Lord at the same time. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights…” – James 1:17. Fun comes from God! Our heavenly Father doesn’t want to withhold anything good from His children. It’s a lie from the enemy of our souls that following the Lord is boring, dull and uneventful. One that I fight against my children believing… Ultimately, my children are not mine, first. They belong to the Lord. And I submit them to Him frequently. I let Him do the work in me, as a parent. Then I pray; And the Lord is faithful, so I trust Him. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7.

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