I was sat on the bus the other day, making my way into town with Nathanael, when amid my “conversation” with a 10 month old I noticed parents across from me not doing the same.
They probably thought me crazy as I babbled to him “What can you see Nate” “ooo that was a big bump” “We are going to the shops” Yes I know completely ridiculous to talk to a baby that can’t talk back … or is it?
You see I am just as wary as other passengers of people talking to themselves, its not the done thing. Yet I want to challenge you like I am challenged with Nathanael on Intentional Parenting.
We can all talk a good talk on how much time we spend with our children, we can talk about how we took them on an amazing vacation the other year they got to see so much. Sounds fantastic but do you know their heart?
What’s their favourite colour? favourite food? what do they want to be when they grow up? If you have children under the age of 10 the answer to these questions will change momentarily as they discover new things.
I fall short so many times, I have sat while feeding Nate and messed around on my phone, I have popped on a YouTube video to break the monotony of a rainy day spent inside, seriously I am not one to throw stones!
What I am saying is those random conversations your having with your 10 month old is serving a purpose, its laying down the foundation so that when your child is older they know they will come to someone who is receptive and will actually listen to what they have to say.
As Christians this truth is one we should continually remember, our children are not our own, they are a gift from God, a joyous, amazing, tiring, exhausting, emotionally draining, beautiful gift. Are we pointing them to Jesus? Are we showing them the path in which to walk?
Again we can talk about it, we can read about it even, they might get something from that, but I can tell you from experience that if you have a parent sold out for God, walking, breathing, living for God their children can’t help but glimpse Him daily through that.
Those bible stories I read Nathanael serve a purpose, those prayers I say over him serve a purpose, my crazy dancing and warbling voice over worship songs serve a purpose.
Are we taking our children by the hand and walking them to Jesus? I say this because one day our hands will fall away from them, Jesus wounded and scarred hands wont and I want to make sure that my parenting has encouraged Nathanael to grasp and take hold of the hand that is reaching out to him.
So if your in the quagmire (seeing some of Nate’s nappies it might be literally) of parenting, exhausted and worn out I just want to encourage you, those random things you do that no one on the bus understands its ok, its serving a purpose.