Discipling Our Children

Lately, I was doing dishes and thinking about how I would spend my time if I knew my days were severely limited, by a disease or cancer or something. (Kind of morbid, I know...) I have all these creative projects that I put so much time into, which I feel is an important part of my self-expression, as well as a great way to share ideas I think are important -- and I hope it all lives beyond me. However, should I find myself in a terminal situation, I think I would set those things aside for the most part and spend more time with my wife and kids. And I know that those times, especially at home with the kids, would take on a new meaning.

During that time, I would impart as much wisdom as I could manage to cram into their toddler-sized brains. Create memories and projects that they could look on later to remind them of those lessons. Teach them music. I would write notes to them that they could find later, telling them what and who their identities are found in, and also how much I love them. Essentially, I would disciple them in a very intentional way.

So why am I not doing that every day, right now?

At the moment, they are playing together and I am taking the time to write this blog, as well as work on a music project. Tell me, am I making a good choice right now? Both endeavors are important, sure; and you can't just live your whole life hanging with friends and family, expecting the end to come. But there has to be a balance, and though it's a morbid thought, it may be a necessary one. I'm here to create stuff, sure, but more importantly I am here to train people in the way they should go, so they can do the same to their circle of influence later on in life from a more mature position. It's building a platform the next generation can stand on, and my chief calling as a parent, person and follower of Christ.

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:19-20)