Fields of study have been discussed. A few schools were chosen. Applications were completed. Acceptances were received. Decisions were made. Registration is in process. The first round of (many) funds have been forwarded. The car is packed. Are you forgetting anything?
Do not forget to arm your student specifically for the next step – I recommend Staying Christian in College by J. Budziszewski, as a complement to their Bible. Read it yourself, highlight it and discuss it regularly over the coming months and years.
If you have not had a child leave home yet, know that through the tears you cry as they drive away, is one of the greatest glimpses of God’s glory – the affirmation that you and Mom have raised your child well. The investment you make over the first 18 years impacts generations to come.
The Word on FORGETTING is: “As they had their pasture, they became satisfied, and being satisfied, their heart became proud; therefore they forgot Me.” – Hosea 13:6
Hosea warns that as we become satisfied, we become proud and in turn will walk in the confidence of our own strength. This plays right into the devil’s scheme to distract us while he focuses in on the next generation. We must not forget God! Furthermore, we must invest daily in our relationship with the Lord and be intentional in passing it on to the next generation through prayer, discussion and study of Who God is and why a personal, passionate and growing relationship with Him is paramount in this life.
Prayer guide: Lord, thank You for the blessings of marriage and children. Forgive me when I take these blessings for granted. As I watch my children mature, I am alerted to where I have done well and where I have fallen short in my effort to invest in them physically, emotionally and spiritually, to prepare them for life beyond the walls of our home. Strengthen me to step up under the influence of the Holy Spirit to encourage my children well in their personal relationship with You, that they will recognize and stand firm against the devil’s schemes on their journey through life. Amen.
A faithful father does not forget to pass on a personal relationship with Christ.