19 Jul, 2012

This is How Our Kids Can Reach Their Full Potential- “Firm Foundation” Family Devotion

On our way home from Ohio to Minnesota, we stopped in Chicago.

 

We had a blast eating “Chicago-style” pizza (yum!) and exploring the Willis Tower (Sears Tower)- The tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the 8th tallest building in the world standing 1,450 feet and 110 stories tall.

 

 

Did you know that it took 1 whole year to build the foundation for this tower? It would have been impossible for this tower to reach such incredible heights without having an incredibly firm and secure foundation.

Isn’t this what we all want for our children? Like this building, we want them to grow up be all that God has created them to be. We want them to have a solid foundation so they can achieve their full potential.

After visiting the tower, we sat down for breakfast to talk about this amazing piece of architecture and asked our children, “How can we have a solid foundation like this? What does God’s word say about how we can achieve our full potential?”

Then we discussed this verse.

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” Matthew 7:24-25 

With a solid foundation, not only can our children experience their God-given purpose, but they can also stand strong during difficult times that are sure to happen- disappointments, loss, and all sorts of trials and temptations.

There are 2 things that we need in order to build our lives on a solid foundation.

1. Hear God’s Word. 

We must know what it says and be able to understand it. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. (Romans 10:17)

2. Obey God’s Word.

This is what separates the Bible from a fairy tale.

It is also what separates the person who says that they believe in Christ from those who actually follow Him whole-heartedly.

The Bible must have authority in our lives. When we read or hear scripture, we choose to obey what God is saying.

When our lives are rooted in submission to the authority of God’s Word, we are establishing a firm foundation so that we can do the things that God has prepared in advance for us to accomplish.

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

Discussion Questions:

1. How often does our family experience God’s Word? How can we remember to spend time in God’s Word everyday? (discuss simple ideas- read one Proverb each day, listen to Bible on CD, or scripture set to music- like Seeds Family Worship, etc.)

2. Name one thing that you did recently in obedience to practice what you know from the Bible.

3. Here’s one thing that I’ve noticed that you are doing a great job with… (identify one example in your child’s life- loving your sibling, honoring parents, etc)

You can use this simple illustration for your kids too. Show them a photo of the Willis tower, or talk about this scripture as you drive past any construction site. This is an easy way to share this powerful truth.

 

So, what do you think?