If you are like me, you live your life day by day, just trying to get through. You have an image of the perfect person you would like to be, and your checklist of things you would like to accomplish; however, every day brings unforeseen things that distract us.
I often find myself in bed at the end of the day, thinking about all of the things I wanted to accomplish that didn’t get done. I also think about missed opportunities; where something happened I didn’t notice or take advantage of.
When my son was still living with us, many of those missed opportunities were about him. They were things I should have taken the time to do, or things I should have said. Instead, I did other things that seemed more important at the time, but in hindsight were not. The priority should have been anything related to or about God. That is eternal, and all else is temporal.
As parents, God calls us to tell our children about the great things He has done. In order to do that, we have to notice what God is doing in our lives. This requires us to live life with the mindset that God is working. He is using us, His children, to fulfill His plan and purpose. If you are saved, the Holy Spirit is living inside of you. God is doing things through you and around you. You just have to expect it, and notice it.
So ask yourself, What has God done lately? Have you noticed something today, this week, or this month? If not, pray that God will open your eyes to see what He is doing around and through you. Pray that He will reveal to you anything that is standing in the way of Him using you.
Once we notice that God has done something, we should tell our children. In this way, they will learn that God is alive and well. He is actively working around and through His children. Then our children will start to expect and notice when God does something around or through them.
A good time to recap what God has done, is when you are putting your children to bed. Ask them what they have noticed God doing today, and tell them what you have noticed. If nothing comes to mind, then remember things God has done in the past. In that way, you and your children will not forget. Then pray, thanking God what He has done.
Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. 1 Chronicles 28:9 NLT
Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation. Ephesians 2:8-9 NLT
The living, the living—they praise you, as I am doing today; parents tell their children about your faithfulness. Deuteronomy 4:9 NLT
And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ For the LORD your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The LORD your God did to the Jordan what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the LORD is powerful and so that you might always fear the LORD your God.” Ephesians 6:1-3 NLT