#3 = Experience

After exposing His disciples to countless ministry opportunities along side Himself, Jesus then allowed the disciples to experience it for themselves.  They had had countless hours of ministry practice and it was now game day.

Mark 6:7   And he called his twelve disciples together and began sending them out two by two, giving them authority to cast out evil spirits.  He told them to take nothing for their journey except a walking stickno food, no travelers bag, no money.  He allowed them to wear sandals but not to take a change of clothes. Wherever you go, he said, stay in the same house until you leave town.  But if any place refuses to welcome you or listen to you, shake its dust from your feet as you leave to show that you have abandoned those people to their fate.  So the disciples went out, telling everyone they met to repent of their sins and turn to God.  And they cast out many demons and healed many sick people, anointing them with olive oil.  NLT

This may be the most difficult part of the training process for parents.  This means having to spend the hours practicing with my child and exposing them to what I am training them in. Then I have to take a step back and allow them to experience the training and stand on the sidelines.  How hard must it be for a coach to watch his team fail or loose a game but so often it is through the losses that we can see what needs to be worked on.  This applies to everything from teaching your children time management then allowing them to manage their time as they head toward a science project, to handling money, the social area, dating and even driving.  It would be so much better for children to practice these things while at home for us to “coach them through” any failures or missteps then for their only practice to be when they hit the real adult world or the college campus. Take the time to allow your child to truly experience the training then be there to coach them through the wins and the losses!

Listen to today’s podcast for more on this topic.