I used to be an international mountain climber. For a period of twelve years ending in 1991, I climbed mountains around the world including Mt. McKinley (20,320’), Mt. Aconcagua (23,000’) and Peak Kommunizma (25,000’). It was a wonderful time in my life for adventure and travel.
I’m glad I took the time in my 20’s and 30’s to climb. As a teenager I would have lacked the wisdom needed to climb safely. In my fifties, I lack the physical endurance, reflexes and conditioning needed to climb above 20,000’. Climbing was an important phase in my life.
Some phases are more important than others. Too many parents are missing the irreplaceable phase of being a spiritual leader to their children. There is a critical window of spiritual learning for our children and it comes between the ages of 2 and 12. I was a parent about to miss the opportunity to teach my children about the Christian faith until I learned about Family Time. My eyes were opened when my daughter, Madison at age 2, could tell me all about the characters and storylines in her Disney videos but she could not identify biblical characters in her Children’s Bible.
Regardless of our leadership, children will learn. Life Phases for Parents & Kids The world is certainly proactive in teaching secular values through peer relationships, videos and television. As Christian parents we need to heed God’s call to be proactive spiritual leaders with our children.
Do not miss this important life phase when God calls parents to be proactive spiritual leaders and children are eager to learn. If you have started Family Time then congratulations! Be encouraged and continue offering fun Bible lessons that teach your children Christian principles and values.
Every time I speak about Family Time I have parents with grown children who say,“I wish I had known about Family Time when my children were young.” Too often the comment is followed by stories of children who have drifted away from the faith.
Our children need to learn about Jesus and his commandments. Family Time is one tool to assist us in being the faithful teacher God describes in Deuteronomy 6, “Talk about (the commandments) when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.
You shall teach them diligently to your children,
and shall talk of them when you sit in your house,
and when you walk by the way,
and when you lie down, and when you rise.
You shall bind them as a sign on your hand,
and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
By Kirk Weaver
Husband to Trudi
Dad to two
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
Founder and Executive Director of Family Time Training
SAVE THE DATE! Kirk Weaver will be at the Denver HeartCORe Conference on May 9!