“One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, ‘Of all the commandments, which is the most important?’ ‘The most important one,’ answered Jesus, ‘is Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”-Mark 12:28-31 (NIV)
After the last earthquake we had I thought a bit about what things I would take out of the house if there was a disaster. After making sure my family was safely out, what important things would I take with me? This was an interesting exercise for me as I thought about those things that were irreplaceable and most important in my life.
As a parent, I frequently have to think about the lessons I teach my children; especially those things I consider most important and things on which I want my children to base their lives; the above verses are exactly those things I want to have them build their lives upon. Jesus taught that we are to love God and love others and we teach these same concepts each week in our Children’s Ministry programs here at church.
This week I would like to challenge you to find practical ways to challenge the children in your lives to love God and love others. I encourage you to spend time worshiping God wherever you are this week. I encourage you to make an effort to thank God for the things He has put in your lives; spend time looking for the good and giving God the glory for it. I would also encourage you to find simple ways to love others this week with the children in your lives as well. These are lessons that your children can take with them throughout their lives; and you will grow as well.
We are committed to helping families grow together in the Lord and want to provide resources for you to do this. We have practical ways to help others on our website www.thehangar.org as we are currently asking children to bring in school supplies for needy children in our Valley. We also have the weekly God Time cards on our website as well as other parent resources; you might find something on there to help you this week.
Walking by your side,