FRIDAY, JUNE 14
“And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond 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.””
Joshua 24:15 ESV
WISE PARENTS TEACH ABOUT MAKING YOUR OWN CHOICES
When the show “Let’s Make A Deal” aired in the sixties, one of the hardest things for people to do was to make a decision. Monty Hall would give them a choice between the prizes they had already won or they could trade that in for what was behind door # 1, 2, or 3. Behind one of those doors was a great prize and behind one was a gag gift. Many of the people would listen to what the crowd was yelling because they couldn’t make the choice for themselves. The show continues to run over 50 years later with Wayne Brady as the host. And after all these years people still have trouble making their own decisions.
In Joshua 24:15 the children of Israel had a choice to make. The choice was whether or not to serve God. Some people at the time thought it was a bad or “evil” idea to serve God. Joshua declared that he had made his own decision to serve God and was going to let everyone else make their own decision but they weren’t changing his mind.
Thousands of years later society is still trying to discourage people from following God. As parents we have the responsibility of teaching our kids how to make their own decisions and not to be swayed by the crowd even if their decision is unpopular. Part of this education process is helping our kids understand there is evil in the world and there is good in the world. It involves teaching them about the character and nature of God and showing them His faithfulness in Scripture and His faithfulness in our own lives. It’s teaching them that Jesus came to die on a cross for them so they could have the choice to be in God’s family.
We can’t leave our children’s faith decision up to popular opinion. We have a front row seat in their lives. And one of greatest responsibilities is teaching them how to make good and godly decisions. There is a season in life where we make almost all of our kids decisions but eventually they have to grow up. What are some of the biggest decisions your kids are currently facing or will face in the next few years? What are you doing to help them prepare to make their own decisions? Ask God to help you know the best way to teach your kids how to make good and Godly decisions.