The Word for Today
Written by Bob and Debby Gass
'Tell the next generation.' Psalm 78:4 NIV
What a father says to his children in the privacy of home isn't heard by the world, but it's clearly heard by posterity. A mega-church pastor writes: 'Years ago I was invited to the White House to meet the President and a few key religious leaders. It was the first such invitation this country boy ever received. However, when I called home I discovered my son's basketball game was rescheduled for that weekend, and I'd already missed one. The question became one of simple priority, "What's most important?" The government had been running without me for years, so I called the White House and said I wouldn't be coming. (They recovered from the news beautifully!) I went to the game and had the fun of seeing my son shoot the winning basket.'
Paul said, 'Be...careful...how you live...making the most of every opportunity' (Ephesians 5:15-16 NIV). How you spend your time reveals your real values and priorities. Dad, are you spending quality time with your children? Karl Marx said that to conquer a nation you just have to block the transfer of values, morals and beliefs between generations. Solomon said, 'The righteous man walks in his integrity; his children are blessed after him' (Proverbs 20:7 NKJV).
Dad, before you know it, they'll be gone but what legacy will they take with them? Your children are like mirrors, they reflect what they see and it's hard for them to see God as their Heavenly Father unless He's clearly visible in their earthlyone. So: '...bring them up with the discipline and instruction approved by the Lord' (Ephesians 6:4 NLT). 'Tell the next generation...of...His power, and the wonders He has done.' If you don't - who will?
Read the Bible in one year
1 Sam. 16:1-23
2 Cor. 4:7 - 5:1
A careless word may kindle strife;
A cruel word may wreck a life.
A gracious word may soothe the way,
A joyous word may light the day.
A timely word may lessen stress,
A loving word may heal and bless