By Theron Glenny
Preface: Whether you are a Mom or Dad, Uncle or Aunt, a grandparent, teacher or coach, if you work with youth, this bi-weekly column is designed to encourage you and equip you to impact the next generation. Here at Joshua House, helping youth find purpose is our mission. It is our heartbeat. It is what drives us. We have learned over the years that modeling purpose starts at home.
The following article is the fourth of a four-part series where we walk through how you as a parent can model at home how to live with purpose so your kids will live with a sense of destiny.
In our last article, we shared how your mindset in every situation can stir up faith in your family or, make your family miserable. Our message was you can take the bait by complaining, but you'll remain in your circumstance. The alternative is you can be positive, praise and be thankful and then be raised up. It’s easy to complain. It’s hard to praise, but the more you do it the easier it becomes and you will see victory. The environment in your home, which is your responsibility to create as the parent, will become an environment full of faith and purpose because you chose to be thankful and praise.
The fourth key is a call to seek the Lord with all your heart.
Let’s first start with, why? Why is it important to do this as a parent? Kids naturally imitate their parents. They watch you like a hawk. They see your life behind the public curtain. They know whether you are the real deal or not. They know if you are just a Sunday church goer or someone that has a real, genuine relationship with God and seeking Him and letting Him lead you. You do not have to be a know-it-all…but you should know Who to go to that does know-it-all. Purpose starts at home. If you are seeking the Lord for direction and purpose in your own life, you are establishing your home on a firm foundation. Parents, remember that more is ‘caught’ by your kids than ‘taught’.
My Dad worked in construction and operated heavy equipment on large road jobs. He woke up typically around 3:30/4 am each morning. I have fond memories of coming out to the dining room for breakfast, hours after he left, to see his bible open and his notebook on the table. Then, there was another notebook on the dishwasher with a handwritten note to us. Each day he would write a note to my Mom and then to me and my two brothers. It is still astonishing to me he did this daily. I could always tell that he knew what was going on in our lives by the things he wrote to us. I’m so appreciative that my Dad put first things first. He sought God first and the wisdom he received, he passed on to us with great love and care.
It is a very powerful thing when parents seek the Lord. God has a way of doing amazing things when He’s put in the right place. Families become close. They connect. They heal. They live with purpose. My parents inspired me to put first things first - to put God first and ahead of the other areas of my life.
If God made us on purpose and for a purpose, shouldn’t we seek Him since He holds the keys to unlocking our purpose? The Bible teaches us to seek, to ask, and to draw near to Jesus. Here’s a few verses:
- Matthew 6:33 says, But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
- Jeremiah 29:13 says, And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
- James 4:8 says, Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
Ask yourself, ‘where am I going to find and hear inspiration, get purpose and fulfillment’? God?
Joshua 24:15 says, And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
There are other gods and mediums out there that are not healthy for you nor your family which tap into other spirits. Here’s our advice… Don’t waste time on that stuff. Seek the real God, Jesus Christ. You’ll find Him when you seek Him with all your heart. …and your kids will see the fruit in your life and have great respect for you.
Like Joshua, maybe you need to make a declaration in your house that you will seek and serve the Lord Jesus. We can’t encourage you enough to take that step and commitment as parents. You’ll be laying the right foundation. Commit to serving the Lord and watch God orchestrate something beautiful with your family.
The above article also appeared in today's Tyrone Daily Herald.