Paul Tripp answers the question, “How can children be included in missional living?”
He says, “I think one of the things you could do, it’s very simple, is choose to make your home one of the most hospitable places in the community. Think about what that means for your children. For my boys, who were skateboarders, that meant for us building a half-pipe in our backyard…In those days there weren’t a whole lot of ramps around, so that was really a gathering place.
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There would be Saturday afternoons where there’d be thirty guys in our backyard. We’d go out and buy fifteen pounds of hamburger and makes hamburgers all day and bring them out on trays to the kids. These kids couldn’t believe somebody was doing this for them. And I have to say again and again to couples,
Don’t love your physical possessions more than you love your children and more than you love the children in your neighborhood. Your carpet will get worn. Your couch will get stained. That wornness and that stain lives to the Glory of God if it’s been stained in ministry.
What are your children into and how can you be involved in it? But make your home a hospitable place. Bring those relationships into your domain and watch what God will do.”
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This is part of a series by Verge Network called The Missional Marriage.
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