Read: “Therefore, everyone who hears what I say and obeys it will be like a wise person who built a house on rock. Rain poured, and floods came. Winds blew and beat against that house. But it did not collapse, because its foundation was on rock.” Matthew 7:24-25 (GW)
Reflect: I was raised in a strict, Pentecostal Christian household. Our lives consisted of attending Sunday morning and evening services, Wednesday Bible Studies, and choir practice another day of the week. We spent countless hours with our church family and made lasting friendships, some I still stay in touch with. At that time, I was highly influenced by what I learned at church and the guidance of my parents. Some of the key values I remember learning were integrity, respect for others, and building an unwavering faith in God. Although some of the beliefs from my strict religious upbringing no longer match my life, I am thankful for the foundation it set within me. Some of my favorite memories from my childhood were with my church friends and youth leaders.
Once I became a parent, I wanted the same for my children. It took a few years to find a church home, but once a neighbor invited my family to EastLake Church and my kids asked to return the following weekend, I knew God had led us here. When I hear my daughter singing worship songs or asking if we can pray for a family member who is in need, it warms my heart to see that her faith journey is beginning. I plan to continue to guide my kids in their faith journey and hope to instill the same values I learned from church that were reinforced at home.
React: In your family, do you lead by example when it comes to building a relationship with God?
Pray: God, help us to remember that our children look to us to set an example of what a strong faith life looks like. Although we may get it wrong many times, please help us to place you first in our lives so that our kids can learn to do the same.