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Kids will head back to school in a couple of weeks. Our youngest son is entering kindergarten, and all of our boys will be in school this fall. 

In other families, those who have graduated will be entering their first year of University. Throughout their lives kids are asked, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” And soon the day will be here.

I will have at least 8 years before my oldest enters post-secondary, so we’ve got time before he heads off. There are so many important factors that go in to that stage of life planning for our kids. For us parents, want to encourage them to go somewhere, but not force them. We want them to do what they’re interested in, and also be able to make money at it when they’re done. We want them to get out of the house, but not too far. We don’t want them to waste money.

With all of these natural parental desires for our children, sometimes the most important factor can get left out: What does God desire?

Parents are the most consistent spiritual influence in a child’s life. We sometimes forget that or feel insecure, but it’s statistically and practically true. And if we wait until they are in grade 11 or 12 to start cultivating a foundation of adult discipleship, we may be too late. So even though my kids are far from college years, there are still a few important things I can do:

  1. Pray that they would follow God’s leading today and throughout their college years. Joshua 1:9 “…be strong and courageous[.] Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
  2. Pray that God would call one of my sons to international missions
  3. Tell them about faith based options:
    1. University - Ambrose & Trinity Western
    2. Bible College - Millar (Pambrun, BC & Winnipeg) & Briercrest
    3. Missions - Justice Semester
    4. Discipleship Opportunities  
  4. Pray 2 Peter 3:18 “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.”

The last thing I would like to encourage you to think about is: What are other essentials for faith that grows?