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October 14, 2013, 8:42 AM

Growing Champions Part V

Nugget:  Work your spiritual core.    

This will be our final installment on Growing Champions: Parenting on Purpose.  Over the last several weeks, we’ve seen the importance of intentionally leaning into our children to teach and train them in the “what,” the “why” and the “how” of the faith so that God can bring to fruition the great plans He has for their lives. We’ve also learned that effective discipleship is life-oriented. Therefore, if we want our children to follow God, we must make God a part of our everyday experiences. Our goal should be to prepare our children to think and act Christianly so they will be equipped to engage with culture and society. Throughout this process of preparation, we must leave a “faith trail” for our kids to walk in as we model what a fully-devoted life looks like in action.  Today we will focus on us, the parents.  Jesus said it best:

 “Students are not greater than their teacher. But the student who is fully trained will become like the teacher.”   Luke 6:40

 Every athlete knows the importance of having a strong core.  It's where you get your power and strength from. Your core is the central & foundational part; the non-negotiables of who you are.  In essence, it is the “real” you.  Everything we do flows out of who we are.

 Without a solid core there is no compass, no consistency, & no credibility. Like a car with no tread, you spiritual life will be all over the road.  The “faith trail” you are leaving will be fuzzy, lack clarity and coherence.  Confusion will be the end result.

 So how can we strengthen our core?  We strengthen our core by doing core exercises.

 Core Exercises—Bible reading, prayer, connecting, serving, giving, sharing

 Think of it this way.Exercising your spiritual core with the exercises above will place you in God’s greenhouse. In the greenhouse, everything thrives and grows regardless of the climate outside.It can be freezing cold or scorching hot, but in God’s greenhouse the environment is “just right” for spiritual growth and maturation.

One of the great life lessons is when we come to terms with the truth that What we live by we impart.  What We permit we promote.  That's why we need to develop our core so we can shape the hearts and minds of the next generation.

Shaping hearts and minds,

Dr. Chris

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