“It is the man who does actually strive to do the deeds… The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena.” Theodore Roosevelt
SERIES NOTE: This is a recurring series of posts on parenting skills based on biblical Proverbs
Teaching your children to be people of action is an important factor for a worthwhile and productive life… and faith.
Let me warn that I am far from being a proponent of ‘super-kids’ who are pushed to Olympic levels in multiple activities. Rather, I am advancing the idea that our children need us to teach them and model for them lives of action rather than passivity.
Whatever arena of life they choose for vocation or special interest, we want them to learn perseverance, commitment, excellence, and skill. Whether an artisan in woodworking, a medical doctor in rural practice, or an archer of great skill, we want to have children of whom we can be proud and who can enjoy life with joy and accomplishment.
These same qualities are necessary for a vibrant faith in Jesus Christ.
Proverbs 2:1-5 reads: “My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.”
Accept. Turn. Apply. Call out. Cry aloud. Look. Search.
Verbs!!! God is willing and able to be ‘found’ by us precisely because he makes himself knowable. And this Proverbs passage points us to notice there are many actions we can and should take to engage in that ‘finding.’
And the benefits are powerful. A right standing with God. ‘The knowledge of God’ shared with them from God directly.
A genuinely full life will include a genuinely full faith. So let’s model that for our children and encourage them in practicing their faith fully for themselves. That ‘practicing’ is centered on action. While no act of faith earns us anything with God but his respect, a real faith will yield real actions!
As we live our lives and teach our children, may there be many amazing results and accomplishments – for their joy and to the glory of God!!!
Blessings to you and yours,
P.S. Would you like to read more from Dr. Phillip McClure? Click HERE.
P.P.S. If you’d like to read the post that started this series, go HERE.