We want to teach our children to do their very best at all times, in all things, so that they can glorify God.
Listen to the wisdom of God’s Word:
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Cor. 10:31)
“We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.” (Hebrews 6:11-12)
“He [Christ] is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.” (Col. 1:28-29)
We want to live this way ourselves, setting our children an example. Then, we want to instill in them a desire to do everything they undertake with excellence to bring glory to God. We want to teach them to be diligent in all God has for them to do and never be lazy. We want them to learn to give their all, strenuously contending for Kingdom purposes in their lives and in this world.
Here’s some examples of what this can look like:
1-When our children are playing a soccer game their focus should not be on winning the game or scoring the most goals, but on giving their all, treating the other players with love and respect, being obedient to coaches and referees, and encouraging those around them.
2-When they are working on a school assignment, their goal should not be to obtain a perfect score, or get the best grade in the class. They should strive to be diligent, not wasting time or allowing their minds to indulge distractions. They should try their hardest. And, they should avoid rushing through the task at hand to get to something else. They should remain focused, doing their absolute best.
3-When our children are getting dressed in the morning, we can guide them to keep from trying to be the best looking person in any room. Instead, we can lovingly help them to focus on being thankful for the clothes God has provided them with. We can teach them to be obedient to our guidelines for what is acceptable. We can show them how to select and choose clothing that will best enable them to fulfill the duties and tasks that God has for them that day.
When we help our children shift from trying to be the best to trying to do their best it will filter into every area of their lives. They will begin to see that they can…
…wipe down the table to the glory of God
…run a marathon to the glory of God
…practice their flashcards to the glory of God
It is a beautiful thing to see our children learn to live life from the security of God’s love and to let that love motivate them to do everything with excellence, not to earn favor or beat someone else, but because they want to honor the one who loves them so well.