Family is the oldest institution 

on earth.

Family is the cornerstone of this society. Family is the 

basis, the backbone, the foundation, the infrastructure, and 

root of civilization the bedrock from which all other 

communities and nations stem from.

Families create generations.

Since God’s purpose spans the generations, our mission 

should be to help our children to develop a relationship 

with God by talking about God and explaining, as soon as 

they are able to comprehend, God's instructions on how to 

live. Wherever and whenever there is a window of 

opportunity... we need to seize the moment.

The point is...

we have a sacred duty to rear our children in love and 

righteousness. We must equip our children, spiritually, so 

they will be able to navigate, stay on course, and have the

 highest and most fulfilling life.

Our goal as parents should be to endeavor to pass down

our faith to the next generation in such a way that they 

will be able to pass down their faith to future generations.

Our role and privilege is to model, with pure truthfulness,

what we have in our relationship with God. Our children 

yearn to see the reality of who God is in the natural flow 

of our lives.

Our children need to see that faith matters, that it is 

relevant to our daily situations, and that it is honest.

Children watch our actions, and they need to witness 

firsthand that our faith is not merely something we exhibit

 when it is convenient to do so. 

There's no need to preach... just let it flow.

When the conversations and our actions are born from a 

deep and abiding relationship that we ourselves have built 

with God and are maintaining... the words will flow and 

minister to us as well. 

Everyone is blessed when we make talking about God a 

natural part of our conversation and teach by godly 


We cannot afford to relegate spiritual discussions to a 

Sunday morning service, only... especially when God's 

grace and mercy are both available... 


Our goal should be to help our children/family to desire to 

know the Source of our joy and fall in love with God.

We can raise up godly generations, not only through our 

children, but also through our children's children.

It begins in our homes...

with us as the teachers.

One of the most important purposes of the family is to 

impart a godly heritage. Family should teach our children 

well... filling our communities, cities, states, countries, 

the entire universe with God-fearing, decent, fair, honest, 

upright, morally mature, emotionally sound and respectful,

 Spirit-filled, righteous, productive citizens who will not 

have to recover from their childhood, but will in turn... 

teach and raise a godly heritage when they become 


God’s desire is that families concentrate on building 

character and a godly spirit into their children. God's

desire is that we would extend a godly heritage throughout 

our family and future generations.

God has designed the family as the first source of spiritual 

training and preparation for life.

The family should provide the physical, emotional, social, 

economic, and spiritual needs of its members so that they 

can become productive and useful for God and His work 

in the earth.

Every family has a specific God-given calling and purpose 

to fulfill.

The family must impart and perpetuate

 their experiential knowledge of God.

The family must impart the qualities that enable members 

to rise to their fullest potential.

The concepts of love, acceptance of others, morality, 

peace, justice, mercy, and self-denial for the good of 

others, are learned best within the structure of a God-

fearing family.

If the family, for any reason, is
prevented from producing people

 who possess these special qualities,

the whole society suffers.

The bedrock of all societies, a haven 

in a heartless world, the birthplace of 

passion, the most reliable unit in 

society should be the family.

The family...

is in serious crisis!

Although most regard family as their most gratifying 

aspect of life, they also regard it as their most bewildering.

Strained, frazzled, tensed, stressed, and losing touch with 

each other...the family is changing, and sad to say, not for 

the better. Sadly, many families are operating, being 

consumed, and divided by ongoing feuds and conflicts.

Dysfunctional and abusive homes with little or no 

relational connection where there is a lack of 

communication, little or no quality time together, 

no respect for one another, no boundaries, emotional

 and physical scars, a lack of nurturing or encouragement,

left to themselves... 

can produce dysfunctional children who in turn pollute 

our society.

Our children will never live right...

if we do not lead right.

As a family, we should have core values that we live by.

We should lovingly teach our children to imbibe these 

core values.

Virtue, integrity, initiative, respect, and love are examples 

of what we should pour into our children and in any 


Emotions like love for God, unspeakable joy, peace, 

care, kindness, and other positive, 

God-like qualities 

are what we should be passing on to our children.

It was God’s intention for these positive attributes to be 

nurtured and maintained through the relationships and 

interconnectedness of the human family.

God designed into human beings a need and desire for 

positive, loving relationships.


Some family members are spiritually

starving to death.

Without family, that successful entrepreneur may become 

that inmate.

That genius may become a dope dealer.

That great scientist, aircraft mechanic, architect, teacher, 

preacher, CEO, chef, conductor, officer, consultant, 

financial advisor, manager, lawyer, editor, paramedic, 

developer, college grad, intern, producer, nurse, writer, 

actor, accountant, mom, dad, or florist, could become that 

homeless person searching for crumbs to eat.

One can suffer untold damage 

without family interconnections.

Unfortunately, for some, the very people they look to for 

love and affection are the ones who have wounded them

 most. Sometimes the ones who are quick to wound us are

members of our own family.

Some family members can be super-critical, quick to find 

problems, and/or faults, they tell cutting jokes that are put 

downs (at another family member's expense) leaving deep 

and painful wounds which can last a lifetime. 

Many family members have watched their parents,

children, siblings, and spouses go to the graves 


"We never really talked,"

or "I never really knew him/her."

Far too many families know what the other does, but they 

do not know each other. Too many are searching for 

significance through mundane activities; yet, in the midst 

of it all...

they have lost the significance of 

what they were designed to be...

a member of the highest institution

 in the entire universe...

When the families' foundation

 crumbles, eventually nations will.

Today, in our easy going, accommodating society, we're

 faced with tremendous family issues. Many families are 

confused and scattered. Many children don't experience 

healthy parent, child relationships. Unfortunately, many 

parents don't feel the need to be committed parents.

There is an overflow of teen rebellion, child abuse,

spousal violence, alcoholism, and other devastating 

problems which are robbing families of their happiness.

What should be that safe haven of security for every man, 

woman, and child has become more of a living hell.

Good families produce productive citizens.  

Families nurture, love, work together, and share one another's burdens. Families are supportive and encouraging. Families listen, counsel, and console their members.

Our families need to feel safe, no matter how trouble-filled the outside world may be. They need to know that if they get sick, family has their back and will care for them. They need to know if they have problems with peer pressure, school, or work they can go to family and get sage, godly advice and support. 

Our children live and learn best through their everyday observations and experiences of and with the people they love and trust. 

A strong family is one that sustains its members.

A strong family supports and nourishes the members throughout the span of that family. A strong family unit creates and cultivates a safe, positive, and a supportive place for all members to not only survive, but thrive!

Strong families create environments that allow children to not only hear God's Word, but also to put God's Word into practice. A strong family will utilize their resources and live together in a fairly healthy manner. A strong family sincerely seeks God every day, asking God to reveal His plan for them.

The adults in a strong family understand the importance of setting the tone for a peaceful and loving environment. They understand the importance of being good role models and leading by positively good examples.

Good families inscribe: 

good morals, values, spirituality, love, self-respect, acceptance of others, placing a high value on life, mercy, justice, peace, and dignity on the hearts and minds of their members. High self-esteem and respect comes from positively good family environments and experiences. In order for our society to eliminate crime, violence, and other societal ills...each household must cultivate environments for our children's faith, in God, to grow. These special qualities and concepts are learned best within the structure of a strong family. We must come to realize that a strong identity in Christ will guide all of our choices in ways that we as parents, in our own strength, simply cannot.

May we help our children fall in love with Jesus and teach our children how to cultivate a love relationship with God as we cultivate our own. May we live our lives authentically in front of our family members so that they become eyewitnesses to our own transformation. Most importantly, we must pray that God's Spirit will transform our children into His likeness.


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