Seeking the Truth – Raising Incredible Kids
What is truth?
We’ve all pondered that question…even Pilate asked that question when talking with Jesus in John 18:38. What Pilate didn’t know was that he was actually talking to “The Truth.”
John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”
Think about the irony, Pilate’s asking “what is truth” and Truth is looking directly at him.
Jesus is the Truth and Jesus is the Word (John 1:1), now let’s look at how this all relates to parenting. 2 John 1:4 “How happy I was to meet some of your children and find them living according to the truth, just as the Father commanded.”
As parent’s we are responsible for teaching our children how to discern the truth by going to the Word which is the only measuring device. Does it line up with the Word of God? Does it remain consistent with his teachings? If not, they should reject it immediately.
When our daughter Kelli was 6 years old she came into our bedroom one night and said “I have a question.” (That’s kid code for “prepare yourselves, I’m going to ask you something that is really hard to explain.”) So the question was “Is Santa Clause real?” We love the Christmas season at the Carter house. It’s filled with lots of tradition, excitement and yes Santa is part of it, so my heart sank just a little bit.
But, this was one of those times where God gave me the exact words to say.
I asked Kelli why she was asking and she said that a girl at school had told her that Santa wasn’t real and that she wanted to know if she was right. My next question was “Kelli, what do you think?” She said, “Well I wish Santa was in the Bible, then I would know it’s true.”
She was 6 years old and she knew that the Word was truth! I wanted to scream YES!!! I”m getting through to her!!! It’s working!!! (but I didn’t) I simply responded, “Kelli, you’re exactly right…if it was in the Bible it would be true.” Then she got a big smile on her face like she just figured out a deep secret all on her own.
12 years later, Kelli is an 18-year-old college freshman who loves Jesus and still seeks the Word for the truth every day.
Yep, it works, you can raise incredible kids!