This may sound like an odd question, but it came up today. I was reading Luke 2:41-52, which tells a short story about Mary, Joseph, and Jesus taking a trip to Jerusalem for the Passover. On the way home, a day into the trip, Mary and Joseph realize that there is a disturbance in the force and Jesus is nowhere in their traveling party. Being good parents, they immediately panic and rush back to Jerusalem, scouring the city for three days, finally finding him in the Temple sitting calmly and learning with the Rabbis.
So why do I ask where your kids are? Well, it’s like this: life can get busy and you may develop goals for your family. Do you ever stop to check along the way to see if your family is following? You want the best for your family and children, that’s natural. But in striving so hard to provide the best [insert experience, object, or training here] are you moving forward as a family, or are your kids back in Jerusalem?
Discipleship is challenging, especially discipleship at home. It means as parents, you are “on” 24/7 leading your children by example. (And even when you think you aren’t, every choice you make is forming how your child thinks and will behave.) Be encouraged, though, Jesus had twelve grown men to disciple, and they didn’t even get it until way later.
Discipleship is real-life follow the leader. But the really encouraging part? You’re not the leader – Jesus is. So if you’re following Him, so are your kids, because they’re following you.
Ask yourself one simple question: “Where am I leading my kids?” In some of the other blog posts I’ve shared on my Facebook page, the question is phrased, “Where do I want my kid to be in five years?”