April 18, 2017

Deuteronomy 6:7 (NLT) — 7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.

This year before the baseball season started the New York Yankees signed 37 yr old Matt Holliday to a one year contract. He is a fourteen year veteran major league player who has played for the Colorado Rockies and the St. Louis Cardinals. The Yankees signed him to be their Designated Hitter but after hearing what the younger Yankee players are saying about Matt it could be that the Yankees signed him for more than to play baseball.

“Matt Holliday is a very intimidating guy at first,” Yankees top outfield prospect Clint Frazier said. “To me, I thought he was this monster that I didn’t know how to approach, but when I finally did approach him, he is probably the best guy I’ve met in baseball. He is the nicest guy. He has a lot to offer about [how] to go about your business on the field and how to go about it after the game and how to handle things at home. He is someone I want to emulate, to be like him on and off the field.”

“Some guys are just natural-born leaders,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

“He is such [an] approachable guy,” Hicks said. “It makes it easier that whatever question you ask him, it is going to be something useful. It is kind of cool to talk to him about that because he has had such success.”

You might not be a natural born leader but as a parent you are thrust into the position of leading. As parents we are to be the veterans when it comes to knowing the Word of God and how to apply it to life. At first this might seem intimidating but with practice and the help of others who are farther down the road of parenting and with the help of the Holy Spirit we will do just fine. Our children are the young players in this game of life and if they are to handle it God’s Way we must be the ones to work with them day after day after day. We must be the ones they want to emulate. If you listen more than lecture you will win their hearts.

“People are going to be watching how they handle adversity, how they handle failure, how they handle success, how they handle the media, how they handle the pressure of playing [in] New York,” Holliday said. “People are watching to see how they handle those things. Playing a long time, you have to be able to handle those things the right way, then go out and let your talent shine on the field, have a short memory — good or bad. Your teammates are looking to see you grind and fight, battle and compete, do things to help the team win games.”

Our children are watching to see how we handle adversity, how we handle failure, how we handle success and all the other pressures that go along with being a follower of Jesus in this world. They need to be able to handle life in the right way so that they can shine for Jesus. Be like Jesus and model the word. Like the old adage: A picture is worth a 1000 words.

Parents and other Hilltop adults will you be the veteran mentors of the Word of God that our children so desperately need? If so you need to:

Deuteronomy 6:6–9 (NLT) — 6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. 7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. 8 Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. 9 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

In other words Be Available.

Be Inspired Hilltop!