I can’t count the times I’ve asked my kids about the decisions they’re making. We want our children to grow up making wise choices. We help them learn to understand danger and consequences. While we ask our kids to make better choices, how many times do we need someone to ask us to make better decisions?
We teach our kids that it’s essential to be kind to strangers, respectful to their teachers, and lots of other useful things. We also show them, rightly so, that they are ultimately responsible for being obedient to their parents. They’ll get a new teacher next year, strangers will pass in a few seconds, but they’re stuck under the authority of their parents. In essence, we’re teaching our kids that there is a loyalty that matters more.
With all the potential struggles involved in navigating social media, I still believe it’s a viable platform to connect and communicate with the appropriate guidelines. Let me share with you a few simple ideas that can help us do better…
Sometimes the fake news is what we read. Sometimes the fake news is what we think when we read it. Even more often, fake news is the story we tell ourselves.
How do you really make a difference I’ll make this pretty simple: look to Jesus. Jesus saw you in a mess. He left the comforts of heaven. Released His rightful claim to equality with the Father and came to earth as a human, which He designed and created. He was the way out of our mess, but that would require the willful sacrifice of His own life. And… That’s just what He did. He looked at the people and the problem and made Himself the sacrifice to provide a solution.
Making a difference will always look like Jesus.
We need to maintain a critical eye over our own thoughts, attitudes, words, and actions. How often does that critical eye turn outward and become a critical heart? When our hearts cross that line, we become judge, and when you’re the judge you can no longer be a witness.
We should rightly teach our kids to value and appreciate all other kids, regardless of their color, ethnicity, home life, affluence, or popularity. As a parent, I want my kid to sit next to the kid that has no friends, to play with the kid that’s alone, to have friends that look different, and to look for the value that everyone comes to the table with. Why is it, then, that if take a look at our own, personal community that we’ll find almost everyone looks like us, acts like us, believes like us, and shares our views?
What if we took a different approach? What if we got involved? What if we made a game of cleaning the rooms? What if we decided to make it relational and fun? The same outcome. Different approaches.
You were made to SHINE, but often we allow our perspective of life to dull ourselves. In this episode, Kevin reflects on Philippians 2:12-18 and looks at how problems can hijack our perspectives!
We teach our kids to understand that there are differences between them and others, but we also show them to recognize and celebrate those differences. In the best case, we’re teaching our kids that just because another kid is different, that doesn’t mean you can’t be friends. But… Is that how we live?
There is nobody that has greater potential to influence your child’s life than their parents. You have the most significant possible influence unless you outsource it…
Have you grown tired? Is life coming against you? Are you trying to make the right steps but experiencing resistance on the journey? During this episode, Kevin takes some time to encourage you to not give up. Our tendency is to quit when things get tougher. The Scriptures show us why we shouldn’t quit! Listen…