I truly believe that raising a Godly family brings glory to God. HE has entrusted us to take care of His children and family. We are to take this job seriously. I know there can be a lot of sacrifices in raising a family but it is definitely worth the investment. As the Graber Family, we’ve made up five family values that we want to live by:
1. Honor God with our words and actions.
2. Love each other.
3. Honor your parents.
4. Forgive others.
5. Always do your best.
We have these values framed to remind us what we stand for as a family and how important God is at the center. Teaching them in God’s ways will sow seeds into your family and to the next generation and next. “Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let not your hands be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that.” (Ecclesiastes 11:6) There are expectations that we teach our children that help guide them into the future. For our family we have taught our children first time obedience where they need to listen to us the first time and not waiting to count to three to finally do it. We expect them to honor us by obeying right away when we ask them to do something. This is also a form of respect so that when someone else in authority asks them to do something, they will respond in the same way. Respect and honor is huge in our family and we expect them to treat their siblings in love and respect as well. Treating others, as we would want to be treated is a golden rule that we live by and loving God and others as stated in the greatest commandment, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind and love your neighbor as yourself.” These teachings take time and consistency as parents. It is worth the investment to see your reward of respectful kids. It is just not respect for people but for property as well. We have taught our kids not to litter and to pick up someone else’s litter if we see it. Also we expect them to leave things in order the same way it was when we arrived to a certain place. This could be at a restaurant, friend’s house, the pool, any place it is respectful to leave that place better than how we arrived. These examples are just a few of our expectations that sow seeds into a Godly character. Investing the time into parenting is priceless and you will see the reward as you raise up the next generation. Putting forth the hard work and effort towards your family is worth the investment. Don’t grow weary, as you will reap the harvest of Godly children, which is pleasing to God!