I know one of the things I need to work on is the way I bring up my children. Sure, I bring them to church every Sunday and throughout the week pray with them and talk about Jesus with them. But there are some things that I need to work on, because I know I’ve made compromises with them in certain areas.
For example, some of the cartoons they watch and games they play are good while others are questionable. I don’t let them watch any of the cartoons or play games that are obviously vulgar, but then there are cartoons where every so often something is said that they (the kids) don’t catch, but I do. But, one of my biggest concerns is video games. I remember when I was younger, I played some video games that were pretty bad. I have withheld some of this from my kids, but have made compromises on others.
On the one hand I want to be a parent who doesn’t take everything questionable away from my kids for multiple reasons (or excuses), and some of this does have to do with their perception of God. On the other hand there is a way God want’s me to raise our kids. He blessed us with these kids and wants us to manage them per his instructions.
One of my kids recently was having a hard moment and had a sour face. I asked him, “what is wrong”, with that he replied, “I’m bored :(“. I shared with them the idea that when somethings wrong and the reason starts with, I or I’m, that just might be the source of the problem. We are focusing on to much of I and not enough on God.
As you can see from above (in maroon) I wrote, “On the one hand I“. I know I need to work on trusting in God and his ways and not leaning to my own understanding.
Often, in the morning I’ll pick up my Bible and begin reading the red lettering found within the New Testament. I’ll eventually come across a verse that will stop me in my tracks and get me thinking about it. Then I’ll begin writing about it. Here’s the verse that got this post rolling…
“And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck.
Is this verse focused on those who force Kids to sin or does it reach further to parents who allow a way for kids to sin. I’m thinking both. When I read the verse it says “if anyone causes“. My decisions as a Father can have an impact. I know my kids are not perfect and like any other kid they will make mistakes. But am I allowing anything, not just limited to games or shows, but anything in my home that may be causing my kids to sin? I believe this is a question I need to carefully consider.