Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Always Striving...

One of the most important callings God has given parents is to display the greatness, goodness, and glory of the God for whom they are made. - Tedd Tripp

I know that this BLOG usually highlights all that Caleb is learning and experiencing; this posting is a bit different.

Kris and I recently began reading the book Shepherding a Child's Heart, by Tedd Tripp. Although we are not far into it yet, I am excited for the guidance we'll receive through the text, and the Scripture that it is based upon. To raise children in a way that truly pleases God and brings glory to Him, and advances His kingdom in some way is no easy task. Thankfully, God has promised that if we ask Him for wisdom, He will give us wisdom. Thankfully, He is our strength when we are weak.

As we go through this book, I intend to share some of the highlights of our latest readings. Mostly because it will help me reflect on all I have read....

A Biblical Vision of Parenting:
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The parenting task is multifaceted. It involves being a kind authority, shepherding your children to understand themselves in God's world, and keeping the Gospel in clear view so your children can internalize the good news and someday live in mutuality with you as people under God.

Being a Kind Authority: God calls you to exercise authority, not in making your children do what you want, but in being true servants...The purpose of your authority in the lives of your children is not to hold them under your power, but to empower them to be self-controlled people living freely under the authority of God

John 13:14-15 - "If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. "

Shepherding your Children: The shepherding process is a richer interaction than telling your child what to do and think...It is not simply direction, but direction in which there is self-disclosure and sharing. Values and spiritual vitality are not simply taught, but caught.

Proverbs 13:20 says "He who walks with the wise becomes wise."

Keeping the Gospel in Clear View: The central focus of parenting is the gospel. You need to direct not simply the behavior of your children, but the attitudes of their hearts.

Proverbs 4:23 - "Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life."

God has entrusted us with a wonderful little boy. We hope and pray that we can raise him in a way that pleases the One who gave him to us. Lord, help us to raise Caleb to know and love You, and to know and love your people.


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