I’m not talking about your dinner plate, rather your mind and what you feed it. I’m not on my soapbox, or preaching for that matter either. I realize more and more how this verse my Mom drilled into mine and my sister’s heads all those years ago is more relative now than ever before.“Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart]. The things which you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things [in daily life], and the God [who is the source] of peace and well-being will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9, AMP)
I’m more aware of this truth since having a young mind in my home to mold. I am not implying we live in a bubble, rather that my son would have his mind grounded in the truth of God’s Word, where wisdom abounds. To teach and train him in the Word now prepares his mind and provides a strong foundation for the tough decisions he’ll make, friends he’ll choose to hang with, moral dilemmas, cultural differences, dating choices as well as marriage.
Although my son is only 3, I have started praying scripture, such as these, over him. It’s important to start praying for our children early as well as allowing them to see their parents in a posture and habit of prayer.
“Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing.” (Deuteronomy 7:26, KJV)
“My son, accept my words and store up my commands. Turn your ear toward wisdom,
and stretch your mind toward understanding. Call out for insight, and cry aloud for understanding. Seek it like silver; search for it like hidden treasure. Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and discover the knowledge of God.“ (Proverbs 2:1-5, CEB)
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Proverbs 4:23, NIV)
“Dear friend, do what I tell you; treasure my careful instructions. Do what I say and you’ll live well. My teaching is as precious as your eyesight—guard it! Write it out on the back of your hands; etch it on the chambers of your heart. Talk to Wisdom as to a sister. Treat Insight as your companion. They’ll be with you to fend off the Temptress— that smooth-talking, honey-tongued Seductress.” (Proverbs 7:1-5, MSG)
I won’t always be around for my son, nor will my husband. As parents, we are raising an adult. Sounds strange, doesn’t it? Not only will I not always be physically around my son when he’s making decisions that requires a strong foundation of his faith and belief system, but my husband and I won’t always be around, as in living. Our child will need to be grounded in the truth so that whether we’re here or not, he can lean on his heavenly Father. I know this all too well as my own Mom went to live in heaven when I was 23 years old. The training she did while she was with me prepared me for life long after she was gone.
What are some tangible things we can implement today to better prepare our children for tomorrow? Thankfully, we’re not alone in this endeavor, otherwise it would certainly be an overwhelming task! The Lord provides us with His Word to tackle any and every thing we can possibly encounter in this life. I am amazed how every time I’m reading His Word, the Holy Spirit makes it new, fresh and applicable in some new sense according to where I am in my life and what I’m facing. God’s Word is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword. Why wouldn’t it be our first choice to guide our every thought and decision?“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, NIV)