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It Takes Intentionality

It Takes Intentionality

Series: The 70% | Parenting Faithful Children

Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing

Scripture:  Deuteronomy 6:4-9

This morning, we’ll continue our “70%” series, talking about how to raise faithful children that defy the 70% statistic of kids who leave our homes and their faith after high school.  In this morning’s sermon, we’ll talk about how it takes being intentional—this isn’t going to happen by accident.  One of the biggest enemies in this effort is keeping the main thing the main thing.  It’s so easy to get sidetracked.  At our house, I am famous for starting things, getting 80% done, then moving on to something else.  I don’t believe I have ADD, but when you look at my project list you might be tempted to think so.  My other problem is that I’ll get into a project, then find other, related projects along the way that ultimately slow down or take away from the main project.  Maybe I do have ADD?

Either way, life can be like that.  Spending time developing our kids’ faith can be like that.  There are so many other things, right?  School, sports/extracurricular activities, friends, family outings, etc.—your kids’ and grandkids’ lives are a never-ending list of different projects/things going on!  It’s easy to let faith get lost in the shuffle.  If you are currently raising children or spend a significant amount of time with your grandchildren, I’d encourage you to think about some ways you can be very intentional and specific about cultivating faith with them.  It doesn’t have to be complicated—even something as simple as committing to memorize a verse every time you take a long car ride together.  These things are small things, but the small things become big things.  And big things will be what helps our children stay faithful into their adult years.                                                                                                                           

Scott McFarland

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