I remember my first visit to Wrigley Field in Chicago. My brother and I had grown up watching the Chicago Cubs and dreamed of the day we could go to game. We were huge fans! We were also thankful for the television signals that bounced on Lake Michigan so we could watch baseball even when our family did not have cable television.
In 1994, we decided to make a trip to Wrigley Field. My brother had a smart idea to go the first week of the season. It was 35 degrees; the wind was blowing in; and it was rather chilly. We endures through the game with the other crazy fans that day.
One of the best parts of the day was walking up to the stadium. My only description was, “you could feel the history dripping from the stadium”. I will never forget that moment. I can see it vividly as I type. It was a special moment that I will always cherish. Major League Baseball has done a great job in the past century of handing us iconic symbols of baseball.
As parents, how are we doing at handing symbols to our kids? I suggest we are great at giving symbols, but are they important symbols we want our children to carry with them the rest of their days?
According to the Smithsonian, this symbol was first used in 1536 to denote units of wine. In the 1800’s, the symbol meant “at the rate of”that represents a way we communicate without actually talking to a person. It wasn’t until 1971, that the @ symbol was used in its current form.
This symbol represents what we think is important online. However, this particular symbol hasn’t always meant what it means today. Every teenager and young adult would say this symbol carries great importance.
Here are some examples of other you may have in your life that carry important meaning:
- a wedding ring
- refrigerator art from when your teenager was a child
- a family heirloom that was passed down to you
- a moment in time that was captured in a photograph
- an item from your childhood home that takes you back in time when you look at it
Symbols are powerful. Today I would you to consider what the importance symbols that you are passing to your children. I want to offer you six important values that we should be constantly passing on to our kids in order for them to see the world through the eyes of our God.
1. Absolute truth exists. If not, we allow ourselves to question the authority of God’s Word.
2. The Bible is accurate and true. If not, our faith means nothing.
3. Jesus did not sin while he lived on earth. If not, our salvation is worthless. A sinful man cannot purchase freedom.
4. The omnipotence and omniscience of God. This means God is everywhere at the same time and knows all things. This can generate a much larger conversation than this writing allows.
5. Salvation comes by grace alone. There is nothing that you can do to deserve God’s love. He gives you unconditional love because he chooses.
6. We have a personal responsibility to evangelize our world. If you have the greatest gift in the world and do not share it with others, you are stealing from them.
According to a recent Barna Research poll, 4 out of 5 born-again believers do not believe those six important values of our faith. Further, 49% of pastors in America do not believe they are true.
Parents, it is our job to intentionally pass to our kids what we want them to embrace. It is not the job of the church alone. The local church should be complimenting what we are doing in our families.
This Parenting Class is my way to encourage you as a parent. Your job is so important and I’m cheering you on as you pass down faith to your teenager. I know that you have the hardest job in the world, because I live the same struggles that you live with many days of the year.
If you have a prayer request or want to talk with me about your teenager, send me an email. I look forward to serving your family.
I invite you to be part of the conversation. What are the important symbols you are passing to your kids? What did I miss? How are you teaching your kids to embrace Jesus every day to the best of their ability?