I checked my mailbox the other day at the office and found a free book. Free books are a good thing. Evidently a rep from Lifeway stopped by when I was out of the office and dropped off a copy of “Student Ministry That Matters” by Ben Trueblood. I haven’t finished it yet, but as I was reading I couldn’t help but Continue reading →
Early in our parenting journey my wife and I heard an anonymous statement that has stuck with us and guided our approach to parenting. “It is better to prepare the child for the road than to prepare the road for the child.” This simple saying contains a wealth of wisdom and really sums up the divide in parenting today. On one side parents feel that they have to do for and provide every advantage for their children in order to ensure their “success.” On the other side, parents strive to teach personal responsibility and allow their children to learn from their mistakes (and the natural consequences of those mistakes.)
Should children be parents’ number one priority?
It almost sounds heretical to suggest otherwise. Of course, the nurture and guidance of our children is a very important responsibility of any parent. Deuteronomy 6 states that our number one responsibility is to love God with all our heart, soul and strength. Then we are to teach that “diligently” to our children. But this command should not be interpreted to mean that our children are our second highest priority after loving God. What it says is that teaching them to love God should be second only to our own love for the Lord. One of the best ways to teach them this is by having all other relationships in proper priority. When our world revolves around our children we are teaching them that they are our number one priority.
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I have been increasingly frustrated with the way that sports and other extra-curricular activities have slowly crept into what used to be the sacred space of Wednesday night and Sunday morning. Traditionally, these days were off limits for practices and games because that is when church programs occurred. Today, it has become no holds barred – practices and games take place regularly on these once untouchable days. Before we go any further, let me confess that I love sports! My schedule seems to revolve around home football games in the fall. As a father, I love to watch my kids play sports. There is something special about watching your son round the bases after a great hit or sinking that shot that he has been practicing for weeks!