There are actually a lot of mornings I don't want to roll myself out of bed. I'd much rather stay under the blankets and catch an extra hour of sleep. Whether it's lack of planning on my part or simply needing the freshness of a new day, I find I can't write blog posts in advance unless I absolutely have to. So, every morning, I get up before the rest of my family and write the day's post.
My husband had it even worse this morning. He "attends" a Thursday morning Bible study with some guys from cousin's church in Kentucky. He Skypes into their physical group. The kicker is that Kentucky is an hour ahead of us, and the Bible study starts at 6 eastern time. That means my husband has to be ready to go at 5 a.m. -- every Thursday morning.
The key to making these two things work is faithfulness. God is always faithful to show up in the activities He asks us to do, but we have to show up, too. When I first started writing this blog, I didn't want to do it. What do I know about raising kids? My kids aren't grown. I don't know how they're going to turn out. But God was insistent, so I prayed and told God that I would show up to write every morning if He would be faithful to show up and give me something to write about. In two years of writing this blog, I have yet to sit down in my chair and have nothing to write about.
Teaching our kids to be faithful, requires that we be faithful ourselves. It means when we commit to do something, we do it. It means when we make a promise to our kids, we keep it. It means we honor the promises we made to our spouses on our wedding days. It means we talk about how God is faithful to help us if we are faithful to do what He asks.
If we break our promises, if we agree to do things and don't do them, if we ignore our wedding vows, then all we give our kids is an example of unfaithfulness. We let them know it's OK not to follow through on the things we said we do. We are giving tacit approval to a living a life based on whatever whim strikes you that day. We are teaching them to be ineffective followers of Christ.
1 Samuel 12:24 says, "But be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you." God wants us to be faithful to do the things that He asks us to do, whether it's getting up in the morning to write or attend a Bible study, leading a ministry or simply teaching our kids about Him. God does amazing things for us, so we should want to faithfully do the things He asks of us.
We want our kids to be faithful. We want them to complete what they start and hold to their faith. The only way they can learn that is if they see it in us. Where does God want you to be faithful today?
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