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September 12, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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Proverbs 22:6 (ESV) tells us, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” One of the most important and rewarding parts of starting a family is instilling biblical principles into our children’s lives so one day, they hopefully will make their faith their own. Parents build a legacy as they help their children grow into who they were made to be by teaching them to walk with Jesus from a young age. This is how Sabrina and her husband chose to parent their son, and he ended up making an impact on another child’s life.
Sabrina noticed her son make his faith his own when he became friends with another boy at Ramp48, Calvary’s onsite skatepark. Her son’s friend was taking a 45-minute bus ride every day to get to Ramp48, so her son told him that his dad could give him a ride home and invited him to stay for Six78, the middle school service. After his first time there, he texted Sabrina’s son and told him he had a great time—they even made plans to attend SoFlo Night together (an event for South Florida’s middle and high schoolers to hear a message of hope and be encouraged)! When SoFlo Night came around, his ride fell through, but he was able to still find a way to make it.
“We always encourage our children to respect others first. They’re going to meet people in this world that think and feel differently than they do and, even still, they need to treat them with love and respect just like Jesus,” said Sabrina. When this boy asked his mom if he could keep coming to church with Sabrina’s son, she said, “Why would you want to go, you don’t believe in God.” He responded by saying, “Yeah, I don’t believe in God, but I’m starting to see He could be a pretty cool guy.”
Kids and teenagers pay more attention to the adults in their lives than we often realize! No matter who you are, you can make a difference in the next generation. Learn more at CalvaryFTL.org/Vision.