Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Do You Send Your Kids Mixed Messages? {repost}

I'm sorry to repost so many times lately but when I read something good, I like to share it!  This one is short and to the point, but oh so convicting!

Five Ways We Send Mixed Messages to our Kids.
by Sarah Beals of
1. Teach them that knowing and loving God is the most important aspect of life  but then neglect reading His word to them and put everything else before Sunday worship: baseball, family parties, work, weddings, etc...whatever it is, God can wait. He'll understand.
2. Teach them that loving others is paramount, and then complain about church members, bad mouth family members and gossip about neighbors. If you really want to cement it in, you hold a long term grudge against someone and pass that mess of a feud down through another generations. (family loyalty, after all!)
3. Tell them that they are the most important people in your life and then spend your days on the phone, texting, blogs and social media of all sorts. Anything but being with them. Snap at them when they ask you for help or seem to annoy you. That will clear the message up.
4. Teach them that our money is on loan from God-- we are His stewards and then put $5 in the missionary offering and spend $300 toward an new coffee maker.
5. Teach them that this world is not our home, we're "just a passing through" and then take on the norms and cultures of the people around you, blending in seamlessly. You don't want to stand out as different.

How might our Sundays, our calendar, our relationships, our words, our checkbook and our standards and lifestyle look differently if we practiced what we preach?

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