Monday, April 23, 2007

Are You Serving Your Kids?

Admittedly this is kind of a trick question. Because the rest of the question that's been bouncing around in my mind for a few weeks now is this: or are you training your kids to serve God? More properly stated:
Am I serving my kids or am I training them to serve God?

The differences can be subtle:
  • How's my attitude about them having to invite a friend to Awana? Do I try to get them out of the requirement or do I help them see bringing friends to the Savior as a lifestyle?
  • What about their friends? Am I content with them having a group of nice Christian friends or do I stretch them to look out for the lonely?
How are you training your kids to use their talents to serve?


At 4:44 PM, Blogger Jess said...

This is a good question, too. Because if we can train our kids to go about it properly, reaching out to the rough-around-the-edges kids can be great. On the other hand, if we don't train them and just assume that's what they're doing, they could be falling in with the wrong crowd, and without a proper foundation, they could easily be swayed into sin.

Jess @ Making Home

At 5:27 PM, Blogger Rebecca said...

Well, one thing I can see that would help is to not have the parents excluded so much from all the kids' activities. And vice versa.

And is a nice group of Christian friends really nice and Christian if they are exclusive? I suppose it's one thing to exclude kids who are openly sinful, but that isn't all that I've seen.

It's harder, I think, with girls because they only have time and energy for a limited number of relationships.

We just have to be there with our kids, training them at every step.

At 5:43 PM, Blogger Mrs. June Fuentes said...

Very important topic in this day and age where we are teaching our children to serve themselves (entertainment, comfort and pleasure) but the true servanthood heart of Christ is neglected as we train our children 'up in the Lord'. We must reverse the trend if we want to raise the next generation of pastors and godly leaders who will impact the world for Christ one day.

At 1:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great question! I don't have a great answer, but will be in prayer for my family.

At 9:24 PM, Anonymous Mary said...

Ouch. It's Awana time again and my girls have been asking which friends they can bring. We live so far from church and friends that it's majorly inconvenient for me and I've been less than excited over the prospect of working this out. Pray for me! This was a great, thought-provoking post!

At 9:34 PM, Anonymous Rebecca said...

Mary, I will certainly pray for you. Have you considered that the parents of the friends you invite might be so happy to have their kids go that they would bring them? That's always much better anyway, because you aren't limited by the size of your car. It doesn't always work but it's worth a try.

You could pray for me too. I would love to post on this blog some more , but I am finding myself not getting around to it. I definitely want to be about whatever He wants me to be doing. Which, sadly, right now is probably dishes.


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