Addressing Jack’s Greatest Need

Jackson—our tow-headed, blue-eyed, chubby-cheeked “little buddy”–made his first appearance into our lives almost nine months ago. My, what a steep learning curve these initial months have been for Nathan and me, especially since neither one of us knew a lot about infants. Feeding, diapering, sleep schedules, consistency of baby poop, developmental stages, traveling with an infant, buying a car seat, etc.…these were and/or are all unknown and time-consuming territory. It’s so easy to get swamped in everyday details and concerns of caring for a little person. (I can’t even imagine what it’s like for those of you with multiple kids!)

As important as these everyday needs are, there is a much more pressing need for our son that Nathan and I must address. That is the condition of his heart. Ultimately, Jack’s salvation and spiritual growth rests in God’s hands, which is a comforting thing to me. However, God has certainly given parents an undeniable and incredibly serious role in our children’s spiritual development. I’m sure most of us can recount how our parents either helped us draw closer to or more distant from God in some way. Not only that, but the Bible gives numerous admonitions to parents about training our children in the ways of the Lord (i.e. Proverbs 22:6, Deuteronomy 6:5-7.) No doubt I will one day stand before our Holy God and answer for how well or how poorly I parented my children.

This has led me to ask: How will we work to meet our son’s spiritual needs? How can we help develop his relationship with Christ, even as a baby?

Thinking along these lines, I’m doing a bit of research (since I’m definitely not an expert in this field by any means) about some parenting topics. I’ve been informally interviewing parents in our church that I’ve watched for years when I was the Children’s Ministry Director and Student Ministry Director. The families I’ve asked for advice are ones in which I’ve witnessed spiritual fruit in their children’s lives. They are families that Nathan and I have said, “They are doing something right. Let’s do what they’re doing.”

Over the course of the next few blogs, I’ll be exploring two topics: 1) praying for our kids and 2) family worship times, as these are two areas I’m particularly interested in. However, please let me know of any other topics you’d be interested in learning more about. (No promises that I’ll tackle them, but I’d love ideas!)

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