In order to have a lasting, meaningful impact, dedicated and consistent action is required.

Have you ever been on a diet? Maybe a better question would be, how many diets have you been on? Whether it was the Atkins diet or the Paleo, we’ve tried at least one. We tend to start off strong but as the days pass, we start missing our old friends we’ve been trying to avoid. Like the burger, the seasoned fries and yes, who can forget the tiramisu dessert? Let’s be honest, we often don’t follow the diet consistently. We expect extraordinary results for minimal adherence. We expect incredible change in exchange for unchanged habits.

Sometimes that’s what we expect from church as parents. As long as we check our kids into kids-church, we are great parents. All we have to do is attend church once a week for about an hour and we should expect our kids to know God, trust in God and live for God. All they need is a little over 52 hours a year to  truly learn, know and live in God. That doesn’t sound true does it? Sometimes our kids need to be told to do something more than 52 times in the same day.

But what if the main source of teaching, witness and guidance for your child is not the Sunday kids ministry, but you? What if they know what living for Jesus is like from seeing you, listening to you and following you?

Kids ministry is important. I can tell you that the most important ministry of the church we are launching this year in Brandon, FL is the Kids Ministry. But no matter how awesome ‘Driven Kids’ will be, it will never have as much impact as a parent that is intentional about discipling his/her child. Let us show our children to seek first the kingdom of God starting at home.

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

-Proverbs 22:6-

AUTHOR: JOON TAVAREZ

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