d. Your family life “Write them on the door frames of your houses...” (Deuteronomy 6:9)

Bring your children into this great consuming passion; help them feel part of it.  My father worked two jobs, served on the church board, taught Sunday school and edited and produced a church magazine—a family production line—typed by my mother and duplicated, collated and stapled by our whole family on Friday nights. 

People sometimes ask me, “How do you protect your children from the pressures of ministry?”  They have received immeasurable benefits from their exposure to ministry—people they’ve met, experiences they’ve enjoyed and life lessons they’ve learned.

The parents who said, “We can’t enter the land because of the children,” led their children into the desert.  But the parents who said, “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord,” pointed their children to the Promised Land. 

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This LifeKey is based on the message “Tell Your Children Why,” by Pastor Colin S. Smith, delivered October 3, 2010, from the series “Take Two: The Power of a Fresh Start.” Colin currently serves as Senior Pastor of the The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He is committed to preaching the Bible in a way that nourishes the soul by directing attention to Jesus Christ.