Tending our gardens? It’s been said that, “Why should we give our children a formal religious training and upbringing? By stepping in to interject our ideas and beliefs, aren’t we stunting a child’s ability to grow spiritually? If we just left them alone they would be free to choose their own religious faith when they reached the age of discretion.”
Think about it. Nothing grows unless it’s planted; and nothing planted grows up unless it is tended. Sometimes that means pruning, staking and fertilizing. This applies to not only our physical lives but our spiritual lives as well.
God’s Word tells us: “But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved” (Hebrews 10: 26-39).
It’s important that we impress on those we love that our faith is strengthened in times of trouble because we know God will never abandon us. In turn, we also need to impress upon those we love we will never abandon them. Trouble will only draw them closer to us as children, friends or spouses. Let us all tend to our family gardens today, that they may grow and be fruitful.
“Heavenly Father, the culture we live in teaches us to give our children the freedom to choose. Yet Lord there are so many choices that lead to ruin. Help us to tend the family gardens you have given us in wisdom and in love by giving them the right choices. In Jesus name, Amen!”
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