Really quickly the celebrations change to things like first day at school, graduation, leaving for college, college graduation, acceptance to med school, graduation from med school, marriages, births of children. It happens really, really fast. It seems like no time at all from that first birthday to their kids first birthday.
We do not have much time with our kids. Essentially approximately 18 years. Some of that time they will not really listen to us. So really we have from about 2 to 12 to really have an impact on their lives. It matters what we do with that time. It also matters what we do during the time they really are not listening. Cause in reality they are.
Like I tell the men in the workshops. We have to be consistent in our touches with them. It is those consistent touches that build the infrastructure that brings them back to ask questions later.
But much more important than that is what they see in our lives. They need to catch us in the Word and in prayer. Those moments need to be milestones for them that burn in their mind that dad knows the Word and knows Jesus.
For it is those milestones that will mark their path back from those years that are hard.