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Raising Children

08.27.19 | Elder's Corner | by Roger Brokaw

    Many years ago, when I was a teenager, there was song called “The Ballad Of The Green Berets” The song was about a Special Forces soldier killed in action. One of the verses tells of his last request of his wife for his son. It says this –

    Put silver wings on my son's chest 
    Make him one of America's best 
    He'll be a man they'll test one day 
    Have him win the Green Beret. The Ballad of The Green Berets

    by Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler 1966

    A lofty goal for one’s son by one who was willing to sacrifice all for what he believed in. Here at FCC, we have made an intentional attempt to encourage everyone to invest in our young people, especially our parents of young children. Our desire is to see each of our youngsters become all that God desires of them. Our desire for that should be even stronger than the young soldier’s desire for his son to become one of America’s best. There are many ways that we can go about this. As my wife, Kettia, mentioned when she sang the song “Lullaby” by Don Francisco, singing scripture songs or faith based songs to our children is away to engage them spiritually. Those songs sung at an early age will stay with them their whole life. Our girls still remember the songs we sang to them way back when. Seeing Benjamin sing with Zack and Libby was an inspiration as well. I know some of you are thinking, I’m not a singer, I can’t do that. That’s ok; there are other ways to engage your child, reading Bible stories, following up their Sunday school class with the material provided with the curriculum, just being present and willing to interact with them when opportunities for spiritual discussions occur. Don’t get discouraged, none of us take advantage of all of those times, but be mindful and don’t give up, you are crucial to their spiritual development. Be sure to interact with God yourself, you won’t be able to do much if you aren’t interacting with God , an empty pitcher can never fill up a glass.

    Here is what Moses told the people of Israel in Deuteronomy 6.

    4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

    Yes, raising your children to love the Lord is a lofty goal but definitely worth it. It was when the nation of Israel failed to follow Moses’ exhortation in this passage that they fell captive to other nations. Let’s learn from their mistake. Let’s take this mission that God has given us and do our best to prepare our young people, for the world that they will face, with God’s love and the power of the Holy Spirit.

    In Christian Love,
    Roger Brokaw
    Elder