Posts Tagged ‘parenting’

  

“My child, never forget the things I have taught you.” (Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭1‬ NLT)

As I stood by the bathroom counter, I watched as my youngest teenage son lathered up his face, as I taught him. He wiped off the foam in sections so he won’t one day grow a beard that edges up underneath his eyelids, just like I told him. He gently pulled the sharp edges of the new razor across his face, not too soft or too hard and cut himself, as I instructed him. Then with a final rinse, we both looked into the mirror at a job well done. 

Having been a Youth Pastor, Substitute School Teacher, and a Little League Coach for quite a few years, I have noticed an alarming trend: Children being raised by absentee parents. Barring the exasperated single parent that works multiple jobs just to make ends meet, there are still too many children with present parents that rarely interact with their children, thus depriving precious young minds of needed wisdom and reinforced self-esteems. 

It’s not hard to find where they are turning for role models and life advice; those great pillars of genuine knowledge like Facebook, Instagram, the locker room, or whatever worthless Hollywood icon is opening their mouth to sound wise because they once portrayed a smart person in a movie. It’s no wonder that crime, suicide, drug use, violence, and pregnancy is continuously rising in this segment of American society! 

Children need parents and good role models to mold them into solid, virtuous adults. If you have a child, please pour as much of yourself into them. You’ll only get one shot to watch them grow! There was probably many things I needed to do today, but none more important than teaching my son how to become a man. Do right by your kids! You are loved today! 

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And these were his officials…Azariah the son of Nathan, over the officers; Zabud the son of Nathan, a priest and the king’s friend; (‭I Kings‬ ‭4‬:‭2, 5‬ NKJV)

What are the odds of raising two children who grow up to become number one NFL draft picks, as well as Super Bowl Champions and MVPs in back-to-back seasons? Pretty slim! Yet, Archie Manning, himself a star quarterback at Ole Miss and former NFL quarterback with the New Orleans Saints, raised Peyton and Eli, QBs for Denver and New York, to play hard and disciplined, to work and to achieve. Apparently Mr. & Mrs. Manning did something right!

There’s something to be said about family legacy. With the Mannings, it’s football. But with the prophet Nathan, it’s in serving God by serving Israel’s king. Nathan was the one that confronted King David about his sin with Bathsheba, and was there to ordain Solomon as David’s successor. And then in this little inconspicuous laundry list of employees, we find his two boys serving as King’s Leaders, one even being honored with the title of “the king’s friend”!

Parents, raise your kids right! Don’t adopt the fail-strategy of “Do as I say, not as I do”. Instead, like Nathan the prophet and Archie the quarterback, lead your kids to become quality citizens and first-rate Christians by setting the example for them to follow. The apples rarely fall far from the tree! You are loved today!

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Whoever learns from correction is wise.” (Proverbs‬ ‭15‬:‭5‬ NLT)

As I rode in the passenger seat as my youngest child drove this morning to the corner store for breakfast items to bring home, I find myself full of parental wisdom. My desire is not to humiliate or frustrate my kids, but to show them a healthier, cheaper way to drive! So, with my knuckles turning white on the dash and my foot pounding a hole in the floor where another brake pedal SHOULD be, we survived the two block trip and he gained MUCH wisdom in a small amount of time.

God puts wise people into our life so that we can learn valuable lessons to enrich our lives. But if our pride won’t allow us to submit to counsel or correction, we doom ourselves to learn life the hard way, chin first. Then we whine about how tough life is when we could’ve had it better if we had only listened.

As you get ready to come to church tomorrow, come ready to learn. God’s word and His people are the best advisors that lead to a better life. Learn well and life will require less white knuckles! You are loved today!