How to Get Your Kid Into Heaven

I read the following caption on the cover of WORTH Magazine: SPECIAL REPORT—HOW TO GET YOUR KID INTO HARVARD. In reading the article I found that regardless of how the screening process has changed, some policies remain the same. It seems that the best way to improve your chances of matriculating with the elite is to have a diploma from the right prep school.

Now, I never had any big plans to send my children to an Ivy League school, so obviously the allure of Harvard wasn’t what captured my attention. In fact, my first thought was, “Forget Harvard! We should be as concerned and determined to learn HOW TO GET YOUR KID INTO HEAVEN!” I’ve never seen that splashed across the newsstands with readers clamoring for how-tos in this area.

Thankfully, the Pearly Gates are much easier and more forgiving than the Ivy gates. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart.” The root word for train here is discipline, or to dedicate. After a child is born, we often go to the pastor to schedule a baby dedication. Many look at this as some sort of baptism for the child as it is dedicated back to the Lord. However, it is not the child who makes a vow…it is the parents.

From this we can assume as parents one of the first steps involved in GETTING OUR KID INTO HEAVEN is disciplining ourselves. It is important as the example for our child(ren) that we are in church at the appointed times and that we live a righteous (not perfect) life before them. We in essence are their prep school that will help determine if they gain entrance to “Heaven U.”

After our discipline, then we turn our attention to the child. There are some decisions as our children grow that cannot be left to their discretion. Church attendance is one of them. It is important that a child learn the “stories” of Jesus at a young age, as this will begin to shape his faith. As he continues to grow, he will form social bonds with others that are also believers. This will help to strengthen his stand when adversity comes. Then, soon we will find that we have raised a child who is strong in the Lord and the power of His might (Eph. 6:10). A child that may occasionally stray, but will not depart from the things that have been planted in his heart.

Then comes graduation day! We can stand proud and unafraid to send this new adult into the world. He is now equipped with everything he needs to succeed, because Professor Jesus is in the house!

Blessings to all Alumni,

Leave a Reply