The details of my parent’s story isn’t mine to tell, but it’s a good one. Full of humanness, brokenness, grace, commitment, and joy. Today it’s my parent’s anniversary. Definitely an event worth celebrating! Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!
A few years ago, on their 40th anniversary, we had a party. A great mountain, family and friends, celebration. I’m glad we did. My kids still remember that fun day. It was fitting that 40 years of God’s faithfulness, and their own journey towards faithfulness, should be celebrated.
I’m thankful that as I teach my kids about faithfulness, heritage, and commitment I have my parents to point to. The longevity of relationships, marriages, and friendships, doesn’t come without effort.
In my handful of married years, and in observing other marriages and relationships, I think the most important aspect of long lasting healthy relationships is a willingness to be humble.
Humility comes from recognizing our own neediness, God’s kindness to meet our needs, and our willingness to give grace to others in their own need. Humility is an honest look at who we are and who we aren’t. I believe humility starts with a sober look at God’s word and an invitation for him to use that word to weigh out our hearts.
Let’s teach our children to open the word of God and invite the Spirit to do his work. “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
Let’s pray for our kids to have hearts judged by God’s word, growing into humble faithful people:
Father, will you use your word to penetrate our children’s hearts revealing their motives and attitudes. In humility may they regard themselves and others as ones in need of your grace. We pray that a humble dependence on your grace and your word would produce evidence of you in their lives. May they live in compassion, faithfulness, and love in their families and friendships. And as they grow will you develop them into people who will be faithful, humble spouses with character to weather life’s storms. Thank you for your faithfulness to us and our children. Amen.
Is there a married couple that have been an example of faithfulness to you and your children?