To get a glimpse, let's turn to a story in Scripture.
When Moses gave his farewell speech to the nation of Israel, he began by recounting their journey and reminding them of the covenants they had made with God. They had heard it all before, countless times. They were slaves in Egypt, but God, with a mighty hand, rescued them. It was part of their story and the story of their parents. But when Moses spoke this time, you could tell something was different. He spoke with concern about how the nation would pass down their faith to their children and the generations to come. Too much was at stake, so he challenges the hearts of everyone listening:
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.
Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
Just imagine the challenge Moses gives to the people. He's a seasoned leader, ready to transition authority to young Joshua—afraid that the Israelites would be in danger of being spoiled by the wealth of Canaan. He admonishes them to "be care" to not forget God. He's concerned that it would be too easy to forget God because of the riches and prosperity before them. So he gives them a plan to guard their heritage and to transfer their faith to the next generation. Moses saw two sides: he knew their history, and he could see their potential future—so he gives them a strategy for leaving a lasting legacy.
These verses from Deuteronomy 6 give us some incredible insight for all parents about their role to influence their children's relationships with God.
That is the reason The Woods is placing such a strong emphasis on helping families win. We see an incredible potential for for how to leave a faith legacy—and it starts with what happens in the home, not the church. We've come to understand that what happens at hom is greater than what happens at church—particularly when it comes to families. Helping Families Win begins with fighting for the kind of relationships we want to value in our families. It's amazing how what Moses said over 3,500 years ago speaks to families in our culture today. I believe his words can help us rethink our family relationships and establish a new set of values that can transform how we do family.
So over the next few weeks I'd love to dive into what this could look like a little more. I'll be sure to link back each week so you can come back if you missed it. I pray for each of you as we partner together in raising a new generation of Christ-followers.