Are You Giving God a Bad Reputation With Your Kids?

Based on your parenting, what do your children think God is like? Do they have a general sense that God approves of them or that they better watch their step and look over their shoulder? We're told in the Word to raise up our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). How was I doing with that responsibility ... the responsibility captured in the word, nurture? The experience our young children have with us is the basis of their first understanding of what God is like. I came face to face with that sober reality when our daughter, Savoury, was eight years of age.

It was Sunday morning as the van turned down the road on the familiar trek to church. Except, this morning, we wouldn't be making the right hand turn leading there. We weren't taking a different route. We wouldn't be late. In fact, we weren't going at all. We were going to the lake.

From the rearview mirror, I could see the concern oozing out of her heart and covering her brow with clouds. Her worry formed itself into a question halting question, "Daddy ... do you think God is okay with us not going to church today? Does that make Him mad?. Imagining how God would take the decision, Savoury's concerned eyes stared out into the trees passing by the side window. She was just sure God was angry about going to the lake instead of going to church.

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