I learned how to make crepes from my parents. I didn’t guess the recipe from my own intuition or look it up in a book. I was taught – shown really – how to do it.
In case you’re wondering, I like my crepes with butter and brown sugar.
Making crepes is easy. It’s a simple process and combination of ingredients. I’m proud of my crepe building skills because it’s something that I can make from scratch without consulting a book. I hope that my kids remember the recipe too so they could make crepes for their future families.
Passing on methods, recipes, and the joy of cooking is best when it is passed on from one generation to another. If you can cook, you probably had someone teach you.
In the same way, faith is passed on from one generation to the next. Jesus-following parents model and teach an authentic relationship with God that is passed on to their kids.
Take a moment to read these words from Psalm 145.
Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom. One generation commends Your works to another; they tell of Your mighty acts. They speak of the glorious splendor of Your majesty – and I will meditate on Your wonderful works. They tell of the power of Your awesome works – and I will proclaim Your great deeds. They celebrate Your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of Your righteousness. The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; He has compassion on all He has made. All your works praise You, Lord; your faithful people extol You. They tell of the glory of Your kingdom and speak of Your might, so that all people may know of Your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of Your kingdom.
Psalm 145:3-12 NIV
Parents, your generation has a responsibility to “commend” Gods greatness and His works to the next generation. Amidst the busy schedules, the lack of sleep, the tears and laughter, your home is to be characterized by intentional “commending.”
Commend means “to entrust, deliver, commit.” To commend God and His works to your kids is your sacred, important duty. We work toward this goal in our parenting and also in our church.
As part of my generation – whether I’m a parent or not – it’s my job to entrust, deliver, and commit the faith to the next generation.
I’m thankful for the privilege to work at “commending”.
What can you do this week that will commend God’s works to the next generation?