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September 30, 2013, 9:34 AM

Growing Champions Part IV


Nugget:  Actions communicate values & beliefs.

 All kids love to play Follow the Leader.The truth is young ones tend to embrace the values of people in authority whether that be a parent, teacher, coach, or relative.  In fact as values systems are being formed young people associate truth more with a person than a principle.  This underscores the importance of parents protecting and preparing the hearts and minds of our children, giving careful thought into who will have a say in their lives.  There is no such thing as a neutral “values free” education.  Our children are always being formed.  The question is by whom and for what purpose.

 Let me illustrate the importance of living right before our kids.Karl Marx grew up in 19th century Germany as the child of a Jewish baker.In his memoirs, he recounts a time early in his life where his father uprooted the family and converted to a different religion for purely pragmatic reasons:the village they moved to was Lutheran and if they wanted to sell bread they needed to be Lutheran.Disenchanted, Karl would later grow up and pen the words, “Religion is the opium of the masses” and become the father of the atheistic Communist party that has infected the world for over 125 years.His father’s actions communicated what he really believed about God.The rest is history.

 What we do more than anything else indicates what we believe. We don't want to send mixed-messages to our children.  Like Paul we want to say to our champions whatever their age:

 "Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ."(1 Cor. 11:1)

 Research reveals:

  • 89% of what we learn comes from what we see
  • 10% from what we hear
  • 1% through other senses

What are your kids seeing you do? What kind of "faith-trail" are you leaving for them to follow in?  I like to read my Bible in front of my kids so they can see that is something dad does; I write my tithe check on Sunday mornings before I leave for church (I don't show the amount, but I let them see that I'm doing it).  I take them to church early when I'm serving so they can help & watch & learn serving is important.  Living your faith out in front of them and involving them in your thinking enables them to “connect the dots” and internalize the faith.

Shaping hearts and minds,

Dr. Chris


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