I am so grateful that my dad taught me to make Jesus a priority in my life. Every weekend, he took my brothers and me to church. My mom was not of the same faith, so she did not attend. If we stayed the night at someone’s house on a church day, Dad would pick us up and take us to church and return us back to our friend’s house afterward. Children do what they see, not what they hear. My dad’s faithfulness in going to church influenced my life. I grew to know and love Jesus because of him.
This weekend, Lead Pastor Ben Snyder shared that one way we build trust in our families is by helping each other discover the God who made us. My grandparents laid a foundation for my dad that taught him who God is, and he laid the same foundation for me. They were amazing Christian people. If you were at their home on a Saturday afternoon, you went to church with them, and they always took you to dinner afterward. My grandpa was an usher at his church. I remember him “retiring” from ushering a few times, but if he was needed, he always stepped in to serve.
My grandma rarely scolded me. I remember as a teenager a time when my friend and I were staying at their home for a weekend. As usual, we went to church with them. Prior to that day, I had never realized how bad of a singer my grandma was. As my friend and I were trying not to laugh, Grandma gave me “the look.” She handed me a song book, and I knew I had better start singing. I treasure that memory. My grandma was stressing the importance of worshiping God in song.
My grandparents were a strong Christian influence on me growing up. They were always there for me, especially during my teenage years, which were extremely difficult. My mom died tragically when I was 16, and they became my rock. I felt their love and prayers so strongly. In my early 20s, when I was doing something they did not approve of, they firmly and lovingly spoke to me about it. They made their opinion known and never brought it up again. That experience helped get me back on track.
My dad and grandparents’ love and actions built the foundation of my faith. I am so grateful to them, and to all the many people who have loved and mentored me along my faith journey. My hope and prayer is that God will use me to mentor others on their faith journeys.
4 “Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. 5 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. 6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. 7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. 8 Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. 9 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Who has mentored you on your faith journey? How did they do this? Who are you mentoring?
Print out the Family Faith Plan for each of your children at
cedarcreek.tv/familyfaithplan to see what you can learn and implement. Share this resource with another parent.
Find a way to help others on their faith journey. Bring a friend to church, read the Bible to a child, teach a child how to pray. Be creative.
Jesus, I praise you and thank you for all the people who have made a difference in my life and helped draw me closer to you. I am so grateful that they allowed your amazing love to shine through them. I beg you to let your light and love shine through me. You are such an amazing God! Amen.
This post was written by Marsha Raymond. Marsha has been happily married to her husband, Jeff, for 30 years. They have two grown sassy and fearless daughters. She loves spending time with God, her family and friends, reading, riding bicycles, yoga and walking.
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