If you are a person of faith, you are tasked by God Himself to be the primary spiritual leader for your children. You are the one who should have the most influence, the most input, and the highest level of concern over where they are spiritually.
There is a trend that I see today in our families. Parents are more concerned about their child’s behavior than their character. They’re more involved in their child’s sports than they are their Sunday School. They’re more worried about academics than their basic Biblical understanding.
I’ve seen it dozens of times in my 10+ years of ministry. Parents who brush off church services for sporting events. Then when child grows into a teen and loses all interest in Church and a relationship with God they come to me wondering what went wrong. I’ve never had a parent who prioritized their child’s spiritual upbringing come running, eyes wide with fear.
“Exercise is good for your body, but religion helps you in every way. It promises life now and forever.” These words are worthwhile and should not be forgotten.
1 Timothy 4:8-9 (Contemporary English Version)
I’m not saying that we need to quit caring about these things… I’m just arguing that we need to care about spiritual things more… and most. Our enemy doesn’t care if your kid is smart, athletic or talented. He can make use of any of that… but if your child becomes smart and spiritual, athletic and Godly, talented and discipled… that’s a threat.
My advice? Do an audit of your child’s spiritual life. Have you met their Sunday School teachers? Do you know their minister? If they go to a Christian school or daycare have you met the Chaplin? Have you ever sat through a class? Requested a copy of their policies and procedures? Do you know what they’re teaching?
Your child’s spiritual upbringing is your responsibility. It’s not like ballet or soccer… we can’t trust someone else to teach it to them. And we can’t take for granted that they’re getting what they need outside our home.
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I’m learning more and more that the key to a happy home is a happy wife. The key to a happy wife is making her feel appreciated and keeping her from feeling overwhelmed. The key to both of those is to help her. It’s basic I know… but like so many things with relationships, it’s not knowing what to do, it’s buckling down and just doing it.
I’ve always figured that if my wife needed my help that she would ask. But she’s the type that things she should be able to handle it all on her own. She’s not good at asking. So these are things that I’ve just started to do on my own. I just made a list of tasks that seemed to drain her the most and took ownership of them. These aren’t things she’s asked me to do… they’re things I added myself and just let her know. She didn’t complain.
Here are a list of 5 things I’ve added to my Husband Portfolio that are really working wonders in my home.
1. I’ve started putting the kids to bed every night. We used to trade nights… now it’s my responsibility.
2. Bathing the kids… it’s my job now.
3. Cleaning the kitchen and doing dishes after dinner? My job now.
4. I must find and complete 5 tasks that help her around the house every evening after work.
5. I’ve secured a babysitter every other Thursday night so I can take her out to dinner.
She literally told me the other night, “You’re coming as close as you ever have to being the perfect husband”. I still have a bit to go I suppose. 🙂
Husbands, I put it to you. What things could you be doing (or are doing) to keep your wife happy, healthy and appreciated? Share your ideas in the comments so that we may all gain strength from your great wisdom!
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My daughter Jenna and I have been podcasting together since she was just three years old. But we’ve always included them as just a special part of the Geek Loves Nerd podcast. But no more!
As of today, Jenna’s new show for kids has been launched. It’s called Podcast Kid. It’s a podcast for kids ages 3-10… but you’ll probably love it too! It features conversations with Jenna on various topics that matter to kids. Plus segments from JoJo the Clown, Jenna’s Mom and Silly Songs with Jenna’s Dad!
We hope you’ll subscribe and listen to every show and share it with your young friends! Thanks!
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