Proverbs 22:6 says “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it”. Most of us have heard this scripture. We usually relate it to our faith. We want to raise our children up to have a relationship with Jesus and to follow him. This becomes our goal and call as a parent.
Today I want to build upon that great foundation by communicating the importance of training up our children not only to know Jesus, but to serve him unhindered by stewarding the very body we have been given by God. The fact is, we can desire to be used by God in this lifetime and to do all that He has called us to, but if we don’t steward our bodies we may not be able to physically sustain the call He has on our life.
It doesn’t matter how much we desire to serve God and others if we wake up every day tired, in pain, and with various sicknesses. Many times this causes us to default to focusing on ourseves rather than others. Our body is a vehicle given to us by God in this lifetime to accomplish everything he has for us. Are we stewarding that vehicle in a way where we can get maximum use and longevity?
We ponder this question with our adult clients as we seek to structure their health plan in a way that will help them have full focus and freedom on serving God. But it is very rare that our children experience this type of education in school. They are taught random facts about the body and how to play various sports. But they are rarely taught to think rightly about health and how it can impact others. They are taught how to pass a test instead of how to apply what they are learning to sustain health in any season of life.
As parents how are we intentionally training up our children not only to follow Jesus, but to sustain that walk throughout our whole life? Are we being the example they need of what it looks like to be good stewards of the body we have been given?
These are a few questions I invite you to consider. If you don’t fully understand how that’s ok, we can help each other. We have a lot of curriculum based on helping you as parents equip your kids to build a biblical foundation in their health that makes health fun for students. We are here to support you any way we can.
Check the F.O.R.M. Curriculum out on our website. God can use YOU to help train the next generatio up in the way they should go!
Ashton Tate is the founder of Glory to Glory Fitness in Nashville TN, and the creator of The F.O.R.M. Curriculum, a turn-key and biblically based health curriculum for schools and homeschool families.