Baby dedications are wonderful things.
It’s a time where family gets together to focus on the importance of making healthy choices as a family. The parents specifically get the opportunity to show that they want their child to grow up to make wise and healthy choices with a God fearing compass that points them in the right direction.
Most of the time, when we think of baby dedications, the focus is pointed towards the child. There’s often this idea that the dedication is for the spiritual health of the baby and the reality is that the baby doesn’t even have a clue what’s going on. The baby’s life will be no more different after the dedication than it will be from before the dedication. So if the dedication doesn’t do much for the baby, who is the dedication actually for? Well, believe it or not, the baby’s dedication is more for the parents.
Parents, when you go to dedicate your child in a dedication service, you are doing two things.
1. You’re making a commitment to teach your child to grow up to be obedient to God and His Word.
2. You are asking for help.
When you make a commitment to do something, what you’re doing is placing a goal you feel is important to achieve. You are pledging to make this a priority. You are making your child’s life a priority. Your goal is to train them and teach them to grow to be honorable, and filled with integrity. If there’s a higher calling as a parent, it’s committing to raise your child right.
Most parents struggle to ask for help. They want to be self sufficient and responsible. There’s no harm in those desires, but there’s a problem. It’s impossible to raise a healthy child all on our own. What I mean by that is that the only way your child will grow to be a strong child who is wise and trustworthy, is if God helps you do that. We can do our best to point them in the right direction. We can teach them between right and wrong, but God has to lead them to commit to those things on their own. That’s why we are asking God for help. We are asking Him to lead them to do right in ways that we can’t.
Being a parent is a lifelong effort. Even when the kids grow up and leave home, we still carry a large amount of influence. Taking the time to start off on the right foot and commit to parenting right will greatly impact the direction and commitment you have towards raising your children right.
Please contact the church for the next Baby Dedication date. firstname.lastname@example.org