Have you ever tried to work a jigsaw puzzle without the box lid? It’s frustrating, right? Last Christmas I was trying to work on a tough puzzle with my family, but my wife kept stealing the lid to work on her part.
So I kept stealing it back because, let’s face it, without the lid, I was up a creek. Without the lid I had no idea how the puzzle went together or what it was supposed to look like when it was done. All I could do was randomly shuffle pieces around hoping to find a fit.
Sometimes parenting feels like this to me. In the hustle and bustle of raising kids, we make a million choices trying to get it right, hoping we don’t mess our kids up too much before it’s all said and done.
But what makes it hard is that it’s all so immediate. Because kids have so many urgent needs, it’s tough not just to parent in the moment. Someone once said that when it comes to parenting, the days are long but the years are short.
In the midst of those long days, it’s hard to remember to look at the big picture of who God wants our kids to become. So, we shuffle the pieces, hoping what we’re doing fits in with God’s plan for their lives.
The great news is that it doesn’t have to be that way. We don’t have to parent randomly. We don’t have to just “wing it.” We have a box lid with a clear picture of the kind of people God wants our kids to become. We see this picture in the life of Jesus.
Day-by-day, choice-by-choice, God wants to use parents to help kids be transformed into the image of His Son. It really is possible to lead our kids to become like Jesus and live an amazing life.
But all of that starts with our decision to draw a line in the sand and say, “As far as it depends on me, I’m going to create a home where the picture of Jesus is the center of everything of we do.”
That’s why every year we offer a baby dedication service. It’s a chance for parents to commit to building a Christ-centered family that will help their kids have a vibrant relationship with God. It’s also a time for friends and family to gather around parents and commit to doing their part to help raise their children to know Jesus.
If you’d like to participate in this year’s Baby Dedication service on Sunday, July 12
, you can sign up here
Please note, there will be a video presentation during the service with photos of families who are participating that day. If you would like to have your photo included, you must submit the file in the online registration form by June 29.