I picked this up at the library in the for sale section and looking through it, I thought it would be cool to document doing all these things. When you think about it 18-20 years might be all you have to prepare your kids to be happy, God-fearing, responsible, loving, hardworking, people. It may seem like a long time, but it goes by in the blink of an eye. BLINK.
This book in intended to build those connections, teach them skills, and build wonderful memories. It is a mix of fun little things like opening up a snow cone stand, running through the sprinklers fully clothed, and small things that make a big impact such as saying “I’m sorry. I made a mistake.” to them.
I am calling it project #101 Things and you can search for all of those posts with that Tag.
I’m not necessarily going to go in order, rather check off in the book the ones I have completed.
Today I am focusing on #50- Find a Church and Stick To It
Before our current church we went from church to church trying to find that one that best aligned with our beliefs. We realized we were not going to find it where we were. So we had to make a decision. You must choose your church very carefully, more so than a house, job or school district.Be very mindful of what you are exposing them to. This is the other place outside your family where your children will learn the biggest lessons. Sure, a church family can be as dysfunctional as any other, it is where your children will learn how to deal with problems, people, how to grow, hopefully trained up to be soulwinners, how to forgive and essential “getting along” skills.
Once you’ve found a church and feel settled, support your Pastor and fellow believers. Otherwise you and your children will forever feel like outsiders and never learn the value of commitment.
We visited FWBC in February of 2014. We knew right away this is where we needed to be. At the time I was VERY pregnant though.
We had James in March.
We were here by April.
Best decision we ever made. Has it always been perfect? No of course not. Our kids have learned some big lessons and are light years ahead of where I was at their age. I think of this church and other like-minded ones as accelerated character developement programs! You want to find that church that will back up what you teach at home, as well as giving them a safe place to stand alone at times, to fight for what’s right and love the brethren.
Going to church is a NT commandment (Heb. 10:25) however, it shouldn’t be an act of drudgery or obedience only. Jesus came not only to give us life, but life more abundant. (John 10.10) Don’t settle. No other institution will have as much impact on your children, besides your family, than church.