“A man reaps what he sows.” Gal 6:7 NIV Somebody said, “Yard by yard life is hard, inch by inch life’s a cinch!” For their life to go right, your children must learn to think right. So teach them to ask: (1) “What are my options in this situation?” But do it with the right attitude. If your face is like a thundercloud when you talk to them, they’ll run for cover. Brainstorm with them, writing down every option that’s offered. Tell them that no answers are wrong and no idea will be judged silly; all suggestions are accepted and valued. You’re priming their creative pump, encouraging them to think for themselves. (2) “What benefits come from each option?” The goal is not to coerce them, but for them to discover and embrace the truth for themselves. And that comes through patience, not pressure. Have them list which benefits seem most important to them. (3) “What negative consequences come from each option?” Kids can be brutally honest. That’s okay, it’s just part of learning God’s cause-and-effect law of sowing and reaping. Indeed, many adult regrets could have been avoided by following this law. Don’t preach or rant about how terrible the consequences are. Teach them to question themselves, “Am I willing to accept the consequences? How would they change my life?” (4) “What personal values are involved in this decision?” Values-based decisions call us to the high road rather than the path of least resistance. Suggest some godly values as primers, such as truthfulness, trustworthiness, loyalty, responsibility, compassion, friendship, self-denial, courage, honor, faith, etc. Break it down small for younger kids, but don’t miss your opportunity.
Published on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 @ 11:38 AM CDT