The Best Legacy For Your Children
You have heard many people say that the best legacy to give your children is education. That is wrong and not biblical. The best gift you can ever give to your children is Christ. That is the best legacy you can leave your kids with. To give them Christ, they need your attention. With the right values, your children will fulfill their purpose in life.
We should stop raising devilish technocrats in our homes. When kids are young, say before teenage age, they crave our attention, and if we don’t give it to them, we will be the ones craving theirs when they become teenagers or older. When you come back from work and the kids want to play with you and tell you stories of all the events that happened during the day, that’s an opportunity to shape their mindsets and habits. Grab it! But that’s when we are tired from the day’s work. We shut them down and play some cartoons for them. They are going to learn what is right and wrong from the TV and Internet if we are not there to train them.
You are the first role model to your kids. They learn from how you live your life. People learn about things by hearing about them, but they learn how to do things by watching people do them. Model Christ in front of your kids daily because they pick more from your actions than your words. It is the habits they pick up from you today that will govern their lives tomorrow. It appears our lifestyle today is tailored to only making a living. The devil has lied to many that as long as you give education, that’s okay. The devil is the god of this world and can easily penetrate the educational system. In fact, in some lands, he has successfully removed the “church” from schools. There is something more important than education. Teach your kids the Word, and they will excel anywhere they find themselves.
Watch the growth and progress of your children. Ask them questions about their views on Bible truths or how they would face different types of challenges or situations, and use that as an opportunity to teach them what you have learned from the Word. You can use role-playing also. This activity will help you decipher their motivation and help you mould them.
I like the Chinese proverb that says – “the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” It doesn’t matter how long you have been missing the point, start giving your children the best legacy today!
– Tope S. Aladenusi