As a mom of three (including a recent high school graduate!), I'm very mindful of my parental responsibilities--moms and dads know that it is our duty to teach, guide and encourage our children as well as our privilege to help them grow in their relationship with Christ.
Recently though, I learned an important lesson from a 5 year old boy named Fred.
Fred is one of my AWANA Sparks and on Memorial Day, he told his mother he wanted to go to the cemetery and place flags for the dead soldiers.
When his mom asked him why, he said "I just think it would be a nice thing to do."
While at the cemetery, a veteran spoke with Fred about what he was doing. The veteran then shook Fred's hand and invited him to come back next year to help him place flags at all the soldier's tombs.
Teaching my children to respect the sacrifices our soldiers have made is a privilege I've overlooked . . . until Fred.
With the 4th of July quickly approaching, it's the perfect time to encourage our children to remember our troops and the price they've paid to help us retain our freedoms . . . here are two ways to do that:
1) Speak highly of our soldiers' bravery and how we would not be free without them.
2) When you see a soldier, shake his hand and thank him for his commitment, courage and bravery. Not only will this show children the significant role of soldiers in our freedom, it also means a lot to the soldiers.
Many of us have the privilege of knowing soldiers personally and know of their incredible stories of sacrifice and yet, it's too easy to lose sight of these heroes. And for this reason, you won't want to miss the 4th of July radio special, "A Lifetime Sacrifice: The Cost of Freedom." In this 26:00 special from Brad Mattes of Life Issues®, you'll hear about real people who've made real sacrifices all in the cause of freedom. (Contact email@example.com for details!)
Thank you, Fred, for your tender heart for our soldiers . . . and for a lesson which will help me be a better parent!
Lee Ann Jackson
We Connect. Media and Ministry.
P.S. Have a specific way you teach your children to honor our soldiers (and veterans)? We'd love to know!