8 The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.
9 The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.
Tonight we had the joy of an evening with familiar friends. After living in Knoxville for one week meeting marvelous new friends, we were able to visit with our good friends, the Cherry’s who happen to be vacationing in our area. One thing we like about the Cherrys is that they are not a “normal” family. Doug is the patriarch who sets the loving atmosphere which exudes towards his wife his children and his grandchildren. There are 18 of the Cherry bunch in all visiting the Smokey mountains. Dough also gives honor to his parents who have been a godly influence on the lives of their family.
When we are around them we don’t feel alone. We believe that our greatest mission in life is passing our values down to our children. Doug believes in this concept so much that he wrote a book called “Stick”. Stick is the informal name for the baton that is passed during a relay race. Sadly, in too many cases, the stick is not being passed on to the next generation. I think the word stick also has the double meaning of making it “stick”. How can we help the faith of young people to stick. David says we are to declare the works of God from one generation to another.
When I look at the Cherry family it is obvious that the faith in their parents is sticking right down to the children and grandchildren. I am blessed that all of my children are walking in the truth as well. Here are three things that I have found helpful in passing the “stick” to the next generation.
1) Tell your children what God has done for you. Tell them about the miracles he has done in your life. Also help them see how God is at work int he families life at any given moment.
2) Teach your children the Word of God. Going to church once a week is not near enough Biblical teaching for your children. The school and the other friends will have most of the time with your children unless you are intentional about making it your priority to read the Scriptures together with your family.
3) Model for your children the ways of God. Don’t expect your children to do what you are unwilling to do. The best gift you can give your child is to consistently live out your faith.
The evening with the Cherrys was a blessed reminder that there is a great reward to the peace love and joy of living in a family where the faith has been passed down to the next generation.