Yesterday morning (in SOMA), we talked about the burden that God has placed on parents to “spiritually strap in our children”. In other words, parenting is about more than conceiving a child, feeding a child, putting clothes on his back, and making sure he does his homework so he can get into college. It is more than helping him learn how to manage money and to stay out of jail. Parenting is about SHEPHERDING our children – demonstrating for them how to live by faith so that one day, they can live a life marked by Godly wisdom.
We said yesterday that we do that in two ways – first, by teaching our children wise precepts that will help them understand God’s design for life, and two, by demonstrating what that type of life looks like. In other words, we have to repair the disconnect between our words and our actions.
With that in mind, I would like to share an article this morning that (hopefully) will stimulate your thinking as you ponder how to be a better spiritual leader for your children. THIS ARTICLE is produced by FOCUS ON THE FAMILY, and it examines how to help your children combat the tidal wave of cultural influences around them:
Look at how the article opens – (it couldn’t go along with our message from yesterday better if it was scripted that way!):
When my children were toddlers, I installed childproof latches on all the cabinets and drawers within their grasp to keep them from ingesting dangerous substances. During the grade school years, I zealously guarded the shows they watched (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” was banned) to make sure they didn’t pollute their young minds.
When my girls reached their teen years, I realized that health and intellect weren’t the only areas that needed protection. Spiritual dangers lurked in humanistic curricula, dehumanizing music and peer pressure. But how could I create a safe environment that encouraged rather than undermined their spiritual growth?
None of my daughters seemed interested in joining a convent, so I began asking the Lord for wisdom. He reminded me that where sin abounds, grace abounds even more (Romans 5:20). And He taught me that knowledge is a powerful weapon in spiritual realms.
I do hope you will read this article, and I am interested in your thoughts. I will post more on this topic tomorrow.