Practical Christian Parenting – 3 – Parental Example
Most Christians know that our example is important in many areas of life. The most obvious association to that importance is “watch and learn.” In parenting, for example, our children watch and learn from us. Did you know, however, that the effects of our example go much deeper and are much more complex than that?
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We’re continuing with our series on parenting and we have the third in the series going today. The title is Practical Parenting, Part 3. It’s about Parental Example. In the first presentation called, The End Goal of Parenting, we laid out a practical doable goal – that of drawing our children into loving relationship. If you recall, we said that it was doable, whereas hoping our children would grow up to be Christians is really not within our sphere of control – they make that decision – nor is the hope that they will, one day, be resurrected as immortal members of God’s family. We don’t get to judge that. Jesus Christ does. So that’s not doable, for us, either. We said that the strategy laid out for us in the Bible to accomplish loving relationship is this: to parent them the way God parents us. One of the elements of God’s drawing effort, for us, is the example He sets for us. We, then, following that line, need, as a part of our plan, to set an example for our children.