Raising a God-Honoring Adult
We discussed yesterday about the importance of having a parenting curriculum or a plan for raising your children. The most important thing on your list of goals for parenting is raising a God-honoring adult. This will be the filter through which your children live out their adult lives.
We have discussed the “Four E’s” of parenting in the past but they apply to this goal as well. The first “E” in the training process is example. We as parents need to model what it means to be a godly adult. This is so important for our kids to observe because it makes what they learn in church real. When we do mess up, we need to take the time to admit it and apologize.
The next is expose. We must expose our kids to the Bible. Make sure that you are not too busy to take time out for family devotions. Make exposing your children to kids their age who share their beliefs a priority. Church and kids ministries are also important in exposing your children to learning about who God is.
The third is experience. Help your children walk through what it means to be a Christian. What are the choices that they need to process through the filter of being Godly? Modesty is one of these issues as is how they treat others. Many of these daily issues we can be there to help our kids’ process through the experience of what it means to be a Christian.
Finally is encouragement. We need to be on the sidelines of our children’s lives cheering for the choices that they make. More than ever it can be difficult to be a Christian in school and stand up for what you believe in. We need to go crazy with praise when our kids make the right and some times difficult choice.