Training Up Children: We are now a month into 2022. How many of you started the year with New Years Resolutions to better yourself or change something about yourself? While many make New Years Resolutions, few follow through with them. Dictionary.com best defines this type of resolution as a decision or determination. While resolutions are great and a fun way to start the year, they are often self-focused and fall short of completion.

More than Resolutions

Here at Legacy Family Ministries, we want to focus not on resolutions, but on intentionality. Intentionality is defined as an attitude of purposefulness with a commitment to deliberate action. If you want to raise your kids with a Biblical worldview and an understanding of faith in action, it takes more than just making a decision to do something. It takes purposefulness and deliberate action.

The culture around us is doing everything it can to pull your kids, no matter their age, away from Jesus. It is only with deliberate action on our part as parents that we can lay the foundation for them to take faith steps of their own.

 

Intentionally Training Up Kids

Training Produces Strength

Proverbs 22:6 boldly states “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it.”

Intentionally Training Up Kids at CampTraining is not for the faint of heart. My husband, Steve, is training for his first mountain bike race. It’s something that he has desired to do for years. This is the year that it has gone from desire to action. He has a goal before him that has a date on it.

April of this year he needs to be ready to get on that bike and ride uphill for many grueling miles before getting to the fun single track through the trees and then looping back to the finish line. Jumping on the bike on race day without months of preparation would not get him very far. So he goes out multiple times a week and he rides. He is laying the groundwork now, day by day, so when race day comes, he can enjoy the fruit of his efforts. In many ways, it’s the same with training up children.

Don’t Wait!

If you wait until you come face to face with the inevitable problems to start training your kids, you are in for a long nasty uphill battle. It takes intentionality, purposeful, deliberate action on your part to lay the path before your kids of what walking with Jesus looks like, sounds like, and feels like. Then, it takes intentionality for your children, at a young age, to taste and see that the Lord is good. Finally, it takes intentionality for them to experience serving others and being the hands and feet of Jesus to those in need around them.

We must move with intentionality on behalf of our children, because the culture around us is being very intentional to move them toward a secular worldview that denies the existence of God.

Listen to Our Podcasts:

Here are several of our podcasts about being intentional about training up your children: