What are you Dedicating Your Child to?
I still remember the day Nikki and I brought Brenner home and it hit me that I am officially a parent. The thought in my head was, “Who in their right mind would entrust a human life to me!?” As my wife and I started our journey of parenting, we quickly realized that there are many different techniques to raising children, and everyone has their own opinion about which way is correct.
One day it hit me, “Does the Bible even have anything to say about parenting?”Being a seminary graduate, I knew that it did. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” During the newborn stage, when I was sleep deprived and often functioning on auto-pilot, I would wonder, “How do I apply this verse to my life right now? Amidst yet another nasty, blowout diaper?” You know the ones!
The Book of Proverbs is part of the wisdom literature that the Bible contains, and gives us some insight into how we might train our children. Originally written in Hebrew, the Proverbs use the word Hānaḵ meaning: to train, also interpreted to dedicate. As a parent, whether you realize it or not, you are dedicating your child to something. It could be academics. It might be sports. Maybe it’s getting into college and having a successful career. Or, maybe you have dedicated them to God. There are so many things that you can pour your time and energy into when it comes to raising kids. Sometimes, it’s challenging to decide where you want to invest your resources.
Throughout my parenting journey, I’ve come to realize that children grasp so much more than we give them credit for, at an earlier age than we even realize. A core value of the Children’s Ministry at HCBCPF is to partner with parents as they raise their children.
This year, we are kicking off a Child Dedication Orientation where we will have conversations with parents about what it means to dedicate a child to God. Additionally, our aim is to help parents begin to connect with the Children’s Ministry here at HCBCPF, as an oasis for support and encouragement while they are raising their kiddos.
The orientation will be offered this Sunday, June 3 at 9:15am or June 10 at 11:00am in Room 206 (You only need to attend one of the classes).
If you are interested in dedicating your child, please contact our Admin Mariah Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 512.990.7777 and let them know which Child Dedication Orientation you plan to attend.