Monday, March 14, 2011

Our Influence

Our Influence

The greatest testament to our influence is to hear our children say, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God."

We want our children to do well in school, to hit the ball squarely, to drive it through the uprights, to 2-putt, and to be paid substantially in their part time job. That makes us proud! We have groomed and trained them to perform admirably in areas that are important to us.

But those pursuits are short lived, lasting no more than a lifetime.

The confession of Christ, however, lasts forever.

I've seen numerous dads baptize their children. Then, still standing in the water together, the dad would give their child a big hug. The father's influence has taken on eternal dimensions.

Photo compliments Karli Bonnie Photography.

Our ultimate job is to so live that we encourage the sanctifying of our wives (Eph. 5) and we lead our children to the savior.

By our speech, life and love, we not only let the little children go to Jesus, we lead them to him.
God's blessings upon the dads who consciously bear their children to the savior.



Terry said...

Thanks for such an encouraging post, Warren!

Sonya Lee Thompson said...

Amen!! Everything you have said here is true! Things in this life are temporal. Our spirits final destination is eternal! That's what I'm blogging about on Friday! Great minds are led by the same Spirit. :-)

Warren Baldwin said...

Terry - Thanks, and you are welcome.

Sonya Lee - Thank you. I'll look forward to reading your post Fri. And I like the comment about "great minds" :)

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

i love the way God speaks so mightily through you my friend.

one of my husband greatest joys as a pastor was baptizing our 3 girls. nothing better than that!

Warren Baldwin said...

Thanks Beth. I know that was exciting for your husband. I baptized 1 of my 3. My was baptized by his grandpa and one of my girls was baptized by my son (her brother). So, it was very much a family event each time, and their mom and I were thrilled.

A multi-dimensional life said...

Beautiful! So true...A parent's example and words of instruction and affection are powerful (especially those of a father).
Thank you!

Warren Baldwin said...

Multi-Dimensional - Thank you. Teaching and example - an unbeatable combination!