Keeping Christ at the Center of Parenting

jesus_000 It's so demanding working with children that we sometimes forget what is central. As a parent, I often got sidetracked teaching my children to avoid bad friendships, avoid certain movies, avoid certain music, and avoid being in the wrong place with the wrong people. What I sometimes failed to do was simply focus on who to love and who to model after. As I look back on parenting, I wish I had spent more time simply expressing my love for Jesus, for His life, His choices, and His words.

In my own life, I find that the more I love Jesus, the less I succumb to temptation. If that’s true for me, I know it’s also true for my children. The Bible tells us this plainly in Galatians 5:16: “Walk by the Spirit and you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.” For me, walking by the Spirit comes down to setting my affections, my thoughts, on Christ. Being Christocentric is not just a theological issue. It’s life and death for me and my family.

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