Who Gets Your Vote?
Joey & Carla Link
Growing up I awoke at 5:30 each morning to ride my bike 3 miles delivering 70 some newspapers. I learned many lifelong lessons from this 7 year, 365 day job. Each month I would collect money from my customers. One day a nice lady said to me; “Joey, you can be anything you want to be in this world. Why you could even become the President of the United States!” I peddled away thinking about what that would be like.
As Americans go to the polls next week, we have two choices of which one will be the next President of the United States. There are 3rd party candidates running, but they are not likely to win. Each of those running were once kids who grew up in American homes who had parents like all of us. My question to you today is this – Are you raising your kids to have the kind of character that you would not only be proud of, but the kind that would make him/her a leader you would want to vote for as the next President of the United States?
Is your child someone you would trust to buy a car for you, repair your computer or take directions from an officer of the law? How about being a judge in the courtroom, or an attorney who would defend you or prosecute a case for you? Would you vote for your children trusting they had your best interest in mind as your congressman? How about a Supreme Court Justice?
Sometimes it is easy to simply look at where our kids are today and not think about what kind of adult they will one day become. You don’t need to know now what they are going to choose to do for a living when they get to adulthood. You are, however responsible to train their character, which will be the foundation their life career choice will work from. In reality we are raising our children for the purpose God has for them and gave them to us to raise them for.
I was struck by this verse:
“I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one.” Ezekiel 22:30
When God looks down on our kids do you think He wonders how many of them are being trained by us to do so they can do what He needs them to? Are you training your kids’ hearts to be filled with integrity and responsibility so they will be trustworthy and considered men and women of their word? Are your children going to be adults who can be counted on to use the finances entrusted to them responsibly without wasting them?
There are so many great qualities we need in our leaders and each of us have the ability and responsibility to raise our kids both boys and girls for the purpose God has given them life for. I believe each of our kids is called by God to “stand in a gap” at one time or another in their lives. Will they be lacking like the men in Ezekiel’s day who couldn’t or wouldn’t build a wall, or will you have given your kids the training to stand up in the gap for our Lord’s purposes in their day and be Commander in Chiefs He can count on?
What are you doing to consistently train your kids with God’s character?