“You can never really live anyone else's life, not even your child's. The influence you exert is through your own life, and what you've become yourself. – Eleanor Roosevelt
In last Monday’s blog, Lost Voices in the Church, I commented on the first of several questions I received from a Millennial sister (those born in the 1980's to early 2000). She shared with me some concerns of young women in her age group. I’d like to continue the conversation with a second question: How can we model to our kids what it means to be Salt and Light in the world today? Referring to that familiar passage from Matthew 5:13-16; I believe she inadvertently answered her own question. “Model” being the operative word. Many experts agree that the most influential person in a child’s life is the parent and more specifically the “same sex” parent.
One can complain all you want about the negative impact of music, media, and movies on the changing youth culture, as adults and parents we still hold the “Trump card.” Here are some personal thoughts. Join the conversation by adding to or expounding on these in the comment section of this blog:
· -- Be Present in Your Child’s Life. Talk to them about their interest, and friends. Listen to them.
· -- Be Consistent but fair especially when you discipline. (Matthew 5:37; James 5:12)
· -- Be Careful of the people and places you expose your children to. (I Corin. 5:9-11)
· -- Beware of the temptation to force your aspirations onto your child. Shape your child’s life. Glorify God in both yours and theirs.(Proverbs 22:6)