Carlton McLeod (CRC Chesapeake) challenged our church so powerfully last week, concerning our role in teaching our children the truth. He convinced us that discipling kids is not the church’s or school’s responsibility but parents. It would happen that our family’s vacation was scheduled for the following week so we spent a week in LA with all four sons! Wow!
During our travels I relearned one thing. I have to talk more to my children. We all communicate by text, twitter or phone every day but I feel challenged to talk more. There were some specific areas that I realized were critical.
First, relationships with the opposite sex and
proper respect for women
proper respect for women. My boys are bombarded with a worldview that treats women like property and objects of male pleasure. We have to talk more about how to love, cherish and protect the women in our society.
Second, serving our culture. We hear so much about “gettin paid” and “makin money” but God calls us to serve and bless our generation. We have to talk more with our children about discovering purpose and bringing hope and light to hurting and broken people.
Finally we have to talk about God’s view and what it means to have a biblical worldview. A view based on scripture, the ten commandments and the words of Jesus.
No matter what you do or fail to do, keep talking to your children. Mine are all adults now but they need my wife and I to speak into their lives like never before. Turn the tv off and talk!