Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” – Genesis 12:1-3 (NRSV)
One of the great blessings of fatherhood is watching your child realize and comprehend the love you have for them. It comes at different times for different reasons, but it always changes the way they see you and relate to you. When a child understands the love you have for her, she knows you believe in her and the potential she has in this life.
The amazing thing about God’s statement in this passage is the unquestionable belief God has in His child, Abram. There are no “ifs” in his statements. God has a vision for Abram, that will bring him from Ur to the Promised Land, from Abram to Abraham, from childless to being the father of nations. What an incredible source of motivation and encouragement – to know that God believes in you.
It is a gift we can also give our children. Critical moments will come into our children’s lives, and we need to be prepared with the voice of motivation and encouragement. We need to give them a vision of who they can become and what we will do to help them get there. Our voices need to call our children out of Ur into the Promised Land of living in God’s will.
Pray for eyes to see a clear vision for your children. Ask God for insight, wisdom and knowledge to speak words of motivation and encouragement into your children’s lives. Pray for the faith to believe great things for your children and the discipline to do what it takes to lead them there. Amen.
2 thoughts on “Believing in our Children”
Chris, this is a wonderful, encouraging message. I’m not a dad, but you are giving me things to consider anyway. Maybe this is a “parenting” blog instead? 🙂 Or in my case, a GRANDparenting blog. Good fodder. Thanks!
Thanks Cathy. It is written for fathers, but all are welcome to read…especially good friends with kind words. 🙂