Godly Kids Introduction
by Steve Lyon
“Train a child in the way he should go and when he is older he will not turn from it”
I am a Christian, a husband, and a father of three. I have been a Christian for just over 25 years. At this writing, my wife (Debbie) and I have three beautiful girls. Shannah (21) a Senior at Texas A&M; Lyndsay (19) a Sophomore at Texas State University, and Madalyn (7) a 2nd grader at San Antonio Christian Schools.
When we had our first child my wife and I brought her home from the hospital and set her on the couch. She was still in her car seat and my wife was busy putting a couple of things away. After I set her down I just looked at her, she just sat there and looked back. I thought to myself, “What now.” I had no idea what to do. Right then, I prayed to God to let me be the best daddy I could be to not only this little girl, but to any other children we would have after her. You see, I asked, “What now” because I didn’t have the slightest clue about how to be a parent. They didn’t send her home with a set of instructions, not that I would have read them. I knew that the only way she would ever become an impact on the world and have a blessed life was in a large part up to me as her daddy.
Now, 20 years and two more kids later, I’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t work. I’ve had successes and I’ve had failures. But I realize more now that I didn’t realize then that she did come with a set of instructions, but it wasn’t from the hospital. No, her instruction manual was written a long time ago by God. And he didn’t write them just for her, the accuracy of His instruction manual is good for any child. Our job is to read the instruction manual completely before assembling them. Okay, if you’re like me, I read the instructions ONLY when I get stuck or need help. Well, that’s okay, God’s instruction book is not only eternal but it’s written for those of us at any stage of child rearing.
I’ve found that the times our family is running smoothly is when I am in the word and living out as an example to them. I have a saying when my kids do something that is foolish. I tell them, “Get the duct tape – my head is going to explode.” Then I stop myself and remember that they’re only doing what they’ve seen me do.
While I was raising my two oldest girls I looked for devotional material that would keep their attention and get them involved. I struggled to come up with some new ways to engage them during the family devotional time. Now I’m sure there are many resources out there, but I decided to create my own.
These series of devotionals revolve around a character named Chester. Chester is a typical kid that experiences typical life lessons. Chester is a character that I created for bedtime stories for my oldest girls. Every night my kids would ask me to tell them a Chester story. Even today, they remember the stories I told them 15 years ago. (By the way, it seems like yesterday) I’ve expanded on that and hopefully you will find these devotionals useful in your sincere effort to build Godly kids.
Story/Devotion 1 - Character
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