Yesterday, I had the privilege of telling a friend of mine about my dad. We had just finished a run and were discussing the idea of keeping memories alive for our kids. Since, my dad passed away before my children were born, it has always been heavy on my heart to keep his memory alive and vivid for my children. We talk about him often. They see pictures, books, newspaper clippings and mementos all over my mom’s home. They cherish their Grandpa Johnson’s memories. They love him without ever meeting him. He was a pretty loveable guy.
As parents, it is our responsibility to reveal God to our children. They cannot see or touch Him. They cannot reach out and hug Him, so we must make Him visible in their hearts. Just like keeping my dad alive in my kids mind, I must give them the opportunity to meet God. I don’t have pictures around my house of God, but I do have crucifixes all over the place. I don’t have books with God’s picture in them, but I do have bibles. God may not be visible for them to see and touch, but they can feel His presence in church and in our home.
You see as parents, we must ensure that our kids see God daily. We must share stories of how God has touched our lives. Remind them that their gifts (athletics, academics, or artistic) are from God. Thanking and praising God daily for these gifts, blessings and struggles will show our kids how great God is. He is a loveable guy.
The scripture from Mark 16:11 is one that always makes me sad. The disciples only had Christ for a short time in their life and once He was gone, they forgot what and who He was. They were lost without Him. Because of that doubt set in when they heard that He had arisen – just like He told them would happen. If we don’t continue to keep Christ alive in our households, our kids will forget how great God is. They will forget how to keep God present in their hearts daily.
This morning I came up with an idea to keep God alive in our house each morning. Before we walk out the door in the morning, we are going to say thanks for something good or bad that has happened to each of us. We are going to remind ourselves that God is present in our life at school, at work and at home. I highly encourage everyone to find a way to keep God alive! Rejoice in His memory, His presence and His love.