Family Discipleship
by Scott Schulik

I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are walking in the truth. – 3 John 4 (HCSB)

As parents, we have been entrusted with the privilege of molding and shaping our children’s lives. At times, being a parent will feel completely overwhelming and often we wonder, “Are our kids getting it?” David calls out to the Lord, “Show me your ways, teach me your paths, guide me in your truth” (Psalm 25:4-5, NIV). If our children are to walk in truth, as parents we need to be firmly grounded in the truth of God’s Word. If we desire that our children grow in godly character, we need to consistently model godly character. If our children are to grow in generosity, we must demonstrate generous living with our time, talents and treasures.

When we seek to do this in our own strength and limited resources, we will certainly fall short of the real potential of parental influence. Before us stand the limitless resources of God. Shaping our families begins with a deep and abiding personal dependence on the Lord – looking to Him, leaning upon Him, listening to Him, and learning from Him. Heavenly Father, show me, teach me, and guide me that my life may serve as a beacon of light to those that will follow in my footsteps.

Prayer: Lord, I place my family in Your loving hands today. I ask that You protect them by the power of Your name (John 17:12). I ask that You plant a hedge of protection around each of them.

“The prayers we weave into the matching of socks, the stirring of oatmeal, the reading of stories, they survive fire.” – Ann Voskamp

Engage10K Request: Pray for families to make time to pray together regarding their stewardship commitment to the Engage10K Campaign.

Merge Moment: Lives of Missionaries
Many of us are unaware of the stories of well-known missionaries. This week, locate a condensed biography of the life of one of the men or women who are considered the “founders” of a Christian mission work. Consider Lottie Moon, William Carey, Adoniram Judson or Hudson Taylor. There are others who have had an impact on missions that you know and could study also. You can find brief biographies on several missionaries by clicking here, here and here.

A quick internet search will help you locate other stories of missionaries as well. You might also find a book suitable for young children at one of the local Christian bookstores. Read one of these stories with your family and discuss what you learned about the life of the individual and how they served Christ. Discuss how you can be a missionary in East Texas as well as the importance of giving to the Engage10K campaign to reach others for Jesus.