The Need for a Plan
A few weeks ago, I began a series on developing a strategy for raising kids entitled “TRAIN”. As you recall, the components of the “TRAIN” strategy were as follows:
T - Giving our kids a “Transcendent Purpose and Big Picture”
R - Giving our kids a “Reverence and Heart for God and the Foundation
of Honor and Respect”
A - Giving us “A 3D Strategy for Discipline, Discernment, and
I – Teaching us that “I must allow God’s Refining Process to Be
I want to provide the last component of “TRAIN” this week. The “N” portion of the strategy calls for us to realize the “Need for a Plan”. Ephesians 6:4 instructs us to bring our children “up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”In order to do so, I knew that I would need to develop a spiritual plan because without one the busyness of life would keep me from this most important task.
First, I knew that I must develop a plan for my own spiritual growth if I were to effectively lead my family spiritually. My pastor has always taught me that my family will never rise above where I am at spiritually. Therefore, it is essential that we prioritize our relationship with God and do all we can to grow in our love relationship with Him.
Next, I was convinced that I must commit to developing a plan for the spiritual growth of my marriage. Ephesians 5:25 tells me as a husband that I am ‘to love my wife as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it.’ In other words, I am to love her sacrificially and always put my needs behind hers. With this approach, I could then be more effective as the spiritual leader of my home.
The last part of a plan that is needed is for the spiritual development of my children. Luke 2:52 which describes how Jesus was raised is a great model for developing a plan to develop our kids spiritually. The Bible says that “He grew in wisdom, stature, favor with God, and favor with man.”
I am convinced also that the plan for the spiritual development of our children must include the instilling of several disciplines into our family life. One such discipline I wanted to instill in my children is the importance of going to church and the priority it must have in our lives. My wife and I never let sports or any other activity take precedence over going to church. Also, I wanted to teach my children the discipline of time with God on a daily basis individually and as a family and how important that is to their spiritual growth.
My wife and I have also been diligent to teach our children the discipline of a good work ethic and the importance of family. At the end of it all, it was important for us to create a spiritual legacy for our children and do as Psalm 78 instructs and pass our faith to our children.
I pray that these verses of scripture and ideas that I have shared with you will be a blessing as you lead your kids in growing towards the Lord!