Be All That You Can Be

“Jesus looked at him and said, ‘You are Simon, son of John. You will be called Cephas’ (which, when translated, is Peter)” (John 1:42).
Gary Smalley in “The Blessing” recounts the following Jewish fable about a woman named Sidel who had twins. As she pushed her two babies along the street in a stroller, she saw her neighbor Sarah. “My what beautiful babies you have,” Sarah declared. “What are their names?” “This,” declared Sidel, “Is Bennie the Doctor, and that,” she said pointing to the other, “is Ruben the Lawyer.”
I don’t doubt that Sidel’s boys became exactly what she expected them to be.
So what will your children be?
You recall the old country and western song that warned, “Mammas don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys. Let them be lawyers and doctors and such!”
But I didn’t ask what your children would do. I asked what they would be. Would they be honest and hard working? Would they be considerate and generous? More fundamentally, would they be Christians?
Dedicated, spiritually-minded, loving Christians?
Kids don’t grow into believers by accident. They are brought up in the “training and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). A characteristic of kids is that they don’t think beyond tomorrow; it’s left to their parents, like Sidel, to look deeply into the future and see what they can become.
Make sure that your vision for your children is worthy of their eternal destiny!

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Stan Mitchell

Stan has preached since 1976, in Zimbabwe, California, Texas and Tennessee. He serves as preacher for the Red Walnut Church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN. He is currently Professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University. He is married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, and has one daughter, Tracy Watts. He is the author of four books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of Proverbs, Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song, and Equipping the Saints for Ministry. He has recently published another book, "Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation.

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