KINGDOM PARENTING - "Principles of Parenting"
Being a parent seems at times to be an impossible job. The concept of being a Kingdom parent that we have talked about in recent weeks changes the dynamic of this seemingly impossible task. Kingdom parenting not only involves us abiding by God's principles for parenting found in His Word but also accessing His power as we raise our children.
I am convinced that all of my failures in being a parent are directly related to when I tried to do it by myself as opposed to the victories that I saw when I relied on His truth and His power in directing my children.
There are many studies and research out today that indicate that we as parents are still the primary influence in our child's life. These studies show that the values and beliefs of our children will reflect our values and beliefs. In Luke 6:40, Jesus told us that the "the student will become like the teacher."As parents, we are our child's first teacher.
When I ponder that scripture, the Holy Spirit reminds me so powerfully of my responsibility. We need to ask ourselves regularly "What level of spiritual commitment do my children see in me?" The answer to that question can have effects one way or another well into the future of our children and grandchildren.
This passage also makes me so thankful for my parents and the spiritual legacy they instilled in me. I saw firsthand growing up the importance of God's Word in my parent's life. I saw the value they placed on being in a Bible-believing church every Sunday. I saw the priority of a spiritual commitment in their lives and how it has impacted my values and beliefs and that of my children.
My prayer is that we will all be inspired and challenged by the truth of Luke 6:40. In my own life, I greatly desire that my children see my spiritual commitment to Jesus as the ultimate priority of my life so that I might instill in them a true spiritual legacy. In next week's email, I want to give you some Kingdom principles regarding discipline.
Finally, I want to thank all of you for your support in the annual Cornerstone Kick-Off campaign. God has blessed our school tremendously through your generosity.