First Baptist Church, Huntsville, AL
Monday, February 20, 2017

Parent Blessing Challenge

The Parent Blessing Challenge was created in the Fall 2014.
Parents - you are CHALLENGED for 3 weeks to participate in the
Parental Blessing Challenge.

How does Parent Blessing Challenge work?
Find numerous ways over the next three weeks to bless your child(ren) with words that will shape their identity. This challenge is cost free and doesn't involve buckets of ice water. It only involves words. Hugs will be allowed.

Base for this Challenge: Our students for three weeks studied "Who is Jesus?" in Liftoff Student Worship. We navigated our way from Luke 3 and Jesus' baptism to Luke 9 and Jesus' transfiguration. It was be study of identity formation, answering the question of who Jesus is, and identity confirmation.

This first week we are looking at Jesus' baptism in Luke 3:21-22. Read this passage and give focus as a parent to God's words of identity to Jesus in 3:22. God tells Jesus three things: 1) you are mine, 2) you are loved, and 3) I am proud of you. Read R. Alan Culpepper's words to parents on this passage:
For parents, the words of the voice from heaven serve as a reminder that declarations of the parents' love and affirmation of the child are vital to the child's development. Any child who strives to affirm his or her own identity and self-worth without having heard that affirmation from his or her parents faces intense struggles. The voice from heaven, on the other hand, models for us the parental blessing. We who are made in the image of God, and whom God allows to be co-creators in the process of birth, are obligated in return to emulate God in our blessing of the children God gives us. (Culpepper, Luke commentary, Abingdon Press, 92. Boldness and italics added.)

Ideas for the Parent Blessing Challenge:
  • Say "I love you" at least once a day.
  • Write the words "You are my son/daughter, my beloved; with you I am well pleased." on a notecard and place it in his/her lunch bag or school backpack. Plagiarism of God's words in this case is allowed (Luke 3:21-22). 
  • Leave a post-it note on son's or daughter's bathroom mirror with a special message about who they are becoming.
  • Take the time to write a hand-written letter to your son or daughter expressing ways in detail of how you are proud of him/her and the hopes of the person they will become. Leave the letter under his or her pillow to find at bedtime.
  • Ask them randomly, "Do you know that you're a child of God?" Allow their response. Follow with, "Yes, you are!" (John 1:12-13).

Send your ideas of how to speak blessings and identity into your child to Collected ideas will be shared on this page. This page will be updated often over the next three weeks.