We recently led several families in a service we call “Parent/Child Dedication”. Honestly, it’s one of my favorite things that we do at Journey. (You can read more about that here.) I was reminded of few things this time around though:
Parents can change the story for their family.
When parents begin asking questions about how to lead their children spiritually, it alters the future of their family. The journey begins as those answers are put into action. We have the opportunity to change the journey of our kids starting today. I was reminded yesterday that while there are generational curses, there are also generational blessings. Parents can change the destiny of their children and grandchildren.
Everyone in the family has a part to play.
Just as the church is a body made up of many parts with everyone having a part, the family is a unit that functions best when each member contributes to the whole. Even older siblings can play a part in the spiritual development of other siblings. It was a beautiful thing to witness sisters committing themselves to teach their new baby brother about loving others.
Families need other families.
The church can make a commitment to help families. Parents also need other parents to walk through life together with them, to lean on, and to speak truth into their lives and into the lives of their kids. There are no perfect parents. But as parents, we can learn a lot from each other. We all do better when we have people we care about holding us to our dreams and commitments and to our walk with Christ.
I know in the years ahead as my kids grow up that I want other adults involved in their lives. I want them to know that mom and dad are walking out their faith but so are other families. We are part of a larger community of followers and together we can forever change the lives of others in our city, nation, and world as we follow Jesus through life together.