We record everything when our children are little bitty. We write it in their baby book, maybe on a calendar, some keep record in a scrapbook accompanied with darling pictures from every stage of life. Their first coo, first smile, their first tooth…they are all written and documented. The first steps and the first trip to grandma’s house forever commemorated in black ink and beautiful photographs.
As they grow older, we make note of the first ball game, first day of school, and their first dance. We may even have pictures to remind us as we look back. We rejoice with them when they pass a test, when they gain revelation about true friendships and when they decide on what they want to do with their lives…but how do we record this? Is there a picture? Do we right it on the calendar or in the scrapbooks?
A few years ago I realized that the small moments in my children’s lives weren’t big anymore. I realized even many of the big moments in life were masquerading as small in the memory books of my children. Actually, they were non-existent. So I began to intentionally record the everyday graces and accomplishments of my children. Not only do I keep record in black and white, I make sure I go and retell them to my children. It affirms them, edifies them and spurs them on to greatness. To look back and remember helps us to move forward in confidence and renews our passion and zeal for goodness and Godliness.
John 4 tells the story of a nobleman who seeks Jesus’ healing for his child. As I was reading the account, I was struck with the words. “As he was going down, his servants met him and told him that his son was recovering. 52 So he asked them the hour when he began to get better, and they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” 53 The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” And he himself believed, and all his household.” (John 4:51-53, bold, italics added for emphasis) The father KNEW the hour. He took note. He was intentional to remember when Jesus told him his child was healed. Because of this…he AND his whole family believed! You see, if the nobleman had simply left Jesus’ presence and headed home without making a note of the time, he may have doubted that it was Jesus that healed his child, chocking it up to timing and the natural process of healing. It would have been more difficult for him to convince his family that the real conduit through which the healing came was a man named Jesus. Without knowing the time, without making effort to make note, the nobleman and his family may have missed out on the reality of the miracle and in turn…their hope of salvation may have been missed as well.
Many times in scripture, parents and family patriarchs are challenged to remind the generations of what God has done. Deuteronomy 11:18-21 says 18 “You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 19 You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 20 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, 21 that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth.” When we are purposeful to keep record of the events and growth of our children AND see them through a Godly perspective, we are laying up these words. When we record and remember them, we are talking of them in our home, as we go, as we lie down and as we rise. We are reminding our children of the goodness of the Lord. We are taking time to call attention to the hand of the Father and how He is using THEM. We are encouraging and edifying our children in the Lord.
When we unveil our children’s eyes to God’s hand in their lives, they are affirmed in who they are in Christ. They know that they can and are being used by the Lord. They see areas of growth in their walk. Psalms 78 tells us “We will not hide them from their children, showing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.5 For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:6 That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:7 That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:”
We want our children, and our children’s children to love the Lord with all their heart and soul. As parents we so desire to see and leave a heritage and lineage that glorifies the Lord. How good is it then, to encourage our children in the Lord? How wonderful is it to continue to fill the memory books and calendars with the physical representations of God’s mighty involvement in our children’s lives? Start today. Jot it on your calendar pages. Begin anew in the scrapbook. Commemorate the small and big moments. Remind them of God’s faithfulness. You will be building up the generations to come as you edify their faith.
Originally Posted as a contributor post at I Take Joy.com