How to Guarantee Your CHILDREN Will Go to Heaven by Jamar Haynes Lee is one book which I have read in bid to broaden my understanding on how to guide my kids on their spiritual walk. I have been constantly seeking ways on learning how to improve my kids spiritual education and picked up a few tips from this book by Lee.
In his book he explains the reasons why parents have been failing. Many of them do not introduce the WORD to their kids on a daily basis. The limited interaction the kids have with the scripture makes it more difficult for them to understand and seek GOD.
When you give children the Word daily, you give them God daily, and trust me; they need God daily.
It is important to live by the WORD and be the one as the parent to show how the scriptures can be part of everyday life. This will help to keep them grounded and away from the temptation of evil. The lackadaisical attitude that adults have been having towards developing spiritual awareness and guidance of our youth have led to more and more social ills.
We need to be good examples to our kids so they can follow and imitate our behavior and be in GOD’s favor.
We should be able to say what Paul said, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1 NIV).
We need to let the child take the rein and show us his learning. He needs to read the bible for himself and explain his understanding of the scriptures to be able to reflect on the message that is being transmitted. We need to train our kids and not just preach to them. It takes a discipline parent to incorporate the love of GOD in their child. It also takes time for the child to get to know and be able to communicate with GOD as we are currently doing.
We are given all the tools that we need to be able to guide our kids in their spiritual walk.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. —Psalm 1:1–3 (NKJV)
Lee mentions in his book that parents play a very important role in guiding their kids towards living Godly lives. Their actions and choices that they make on behalf of their kids help to give their kids the proper directions in life. Whatever you do as a parent impacts on the lives of your child.
He shares with his readers 9 principles which will help to guide them as parents.
- Commit Each Child to God
- Holiness Lived infront of Them
- Instruct and Train your Child in the way they should Go
- Love and esteem your spouse properly
- Declare your Child’s Future
- Receive resources on Marriage and Family regularly
- Esteem and love your Child Properly
- Never let your child stay under Ungodly Influence
I could really relate to what LEE was saying in his book. We need to make cautious effort as a parent in help to develop our kids spiritual life. Putting emphasis on teaching our kids how to create a relationship with GOD has equal weightage to teaching our kids about what they need to learn academically.
I personally am focusing a lot on my personal walk with GOD and hope to be able to guide the kids in their walk too. Being a Single Parent without external help it has been difficult balancing all the different role together with keeping sane. The dynamics in the family has been quite unbalanced due to the inability of the kids father to properly play his part in their lives. However not all has been lost in ensuring that they are other ways that the kids can get proper spiritual guidance through the church that we are currently attending.
Reading the book gave me more clarity on how I am to continue guiding the kids on their spiritual walk and how to focus on my spiritual goals too.
You can purchase a copy of this book from Lee’s Website.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book for review. All opinions are 100% mine