We all have one. Everyone’s is different, which makes it all the more interesting. We don’t recognize how valuable it is until we are unfamiliar with it. If you tell it to your kids, they’ll sit and listen intently. So what is this thing that kids want so badly to know about?
This seemingly endless season of campaigning is almost over. Only one more day, and it will all be behind us; that is, for this election. There will be many more in the future, which is why I think it critical to learn from my 7 year old son.
I’m one of those people that don’t follow the rules too well. It’s not that I don’t want to. Many times, it’s that I didn’t understand the directions in the first place. Every once in a while, though, this ends up being a blessing in disguise.
There is a great deal of punitive practice within christian homes that bears the guise of the heart of God. After spending some time last week with Dr. Karyn Purvis, this was the line that stuck out to me the most. Maybe as I unpack what that means, it will hit you hard as well.
There is something unique about doing pre-marital counseling with engaged couples. As you talk with them they giggle, they blush, and they insist on holding hands throughout the entirety of the session. Conflict is far from their minds. Instead, they have visions of white picket fences, sunsets and cute puppies. Then they get married.
What threatens your family? We could look to answer the question of what threatens THE family, as in the institution of the family, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about everyday people like you and me. What threatens our families?
Why is it that people can come back from an exhausting mission trip and tell you it was one of the best experiences of their life? It has to be more than the beautiful scenery, or else everyone who comes back from a cruise would have the same glow. No, there’s got to be something more to the story.
Our intentions are often good, but horribly misaligned. We set out thinking we are doing the right thing, only to realize we had been aiming at the wrong target the entire time. Sadly, this is what many of us bring to the table as parents.
As parents, our kids are our disciples. Each day they are learning from us, whether we are consciously teaching them or not. Too often my parenting is puny in its vision. Its goal is way too easy. Its outcome is way off target.
Does your job affect your parenting? It’s a question that all parents should ask on a regular basis. Not necessarily from the standpoint of providing financially or allowing for time with your kids but rather your attitude and character. The question could be asked this way. Do the skills, values, daily habits, and character qualities of your job make you more or less able to raise happy, healthy, respectful, successful children?
Boys should be able to describe what a godly man looks like, having watched one from the time they were a little boy. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for most. For many boys, a godly man is something like Superman or Big Foot. It is not something that can be grasped.