“We’ve been over this!”
“How many times do I have to tell you?”
“If I have told you once, I have told you a thousand times.”
Sound familiar? I have caught myself saying these things to my kids. Life gets pretty busy and I just don’t have time to revisit things that have already been covered.
“Dude! There are dirty clothes all over your floor.”
“Can you not put them in the dirty clothes?”
“Every day, son. Every. Day.”
I have to admit that parenting can be a complete beat down. My kids make me sound like a broken record. Beating my head against the wall is not my favorite activity, but I was reminded of the need for persistent parenting this last week.
I took a picture a couple of years ago that I will treasure forever. Beth sat down with Emily and had a conversation about what it means to make Jesus the boss of her life. I hid in the other room in order to not interrupt and managed to sneak a picture.
This was not the first conversation Beth had and it certainly wasn’t the last. Beth talked with both of our kids almost daily of the love God has for them. It was important to her that her kids knew Jesus and made Him the boss of their lives. She lived long enough to see both of her children give Jesus their hearts and lives.
This is another one of my favorite pictures. After months of conversations and faithful praying on her behalf, Beth got to lead her daughter to Jesus. Sitting on her mommy’s desk, my baby girl asked Jesus to be the boss of her life.
Here’s my point: You will have the same conversations with your kids over the years. Do not give up. There is too much at stake to not persistently talk with your kids about God’s love. The conversations should not end at salvation. Children need to hear every day what it means to follow Jesus.
If Beth could tell us anything today, it would be, “Don’t miss this! Talk to your kids. Not just about what they are learning at school, but what are they learning about God.” She talked with them continually, and I continue to teach them in her absence.
I hope you are talking to your children. Keep talking. Even if you have told them a thousand times.
Some day it will click.