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My #1 Word of Advice on Parenting…

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Over the years, if there’s one word of advice I have given over every other, it’s the word CONSISTENCY. Why is consistency so important? Because if there’s one word that describes our children it’s the word INCONSISTENT! Most of us have heard that Scripture teaches that we should: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6 (KJV). Notice that it says that the win comes in realizing that when our kids are OLD they won’t depart from the right way. All that means, however, is that when they are young, they WILL depart! Our kids are going to sin. They are going to stray. They are going to sway to the left and to the right. There’s going to be drama. They are going to be all over the place. During the teenage years, raging hormones will cause them to be up and down and everything in between. Does all of that sound consistent to you?  No. That’s why they need us! However, if we get pulled into the drama, if we yell at them to get them to do what we want them to do; If our walk doesn’t match our talk; then we’re not training our kids in the way THEY should go! If discipleship is more caught more than taught, then our kids are going to reproduce what they see modeled more so than what they are told.  So here’s my encouragement to parents today: Be consistent. Be consistent in your discipline. Be consistent in your walk with jesus. Keep living as you would want your kids to live. Keep loving them. BE CONSISTENT. Your kids won’t be. That’s OK. If we are consistent in the long run, they will eventually choose the right path and stick to it. That’s a promise from God.  How does that encourage and/or challenge you?

Shawn Lovejoy

By Shawn Lovejoy

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