God never promises that these tasks will yield immediate fruit, that parenting will get easier, or my life more comfortable. God loves me too much to give me the luxury of walking by sight. So, if you’re like me and are looking for a little Bible encouragement and resolution in your parenting, let this conviction settle down deep: your children are a grace; they’re an enduring legacy, a strong security, and a powerful weapon of warfare in God’s Kingdom.
Had I just committed the unpardonable parenting crime? I had finished a conversation with my four-year-old daughter: “We are all sinners,” I looked her straight in the eyes as I continued, “And sin always hurts. It hurts us because we deserve to be punished in hell for it.” I had just told my daughter she was a sinner, condemned by God. Had I cruelly set time-bombs of depression and despair in her little heart by teaching her the doctrine of original sin?
Does your child own a phone or tablet? You might soon have a crisis on your hands if you believe these five myths about your children and their technology.
I sat down with a simple enough task–to answer the question, “Should Christian parents force their teens to attend church?” It would have been easy to assume “yes” and equip parents with 1000 words of bullet-pointed ammunition. So I started churning out the text, but then something unexpected happened.
A phone has enormous possibilities for both convenience and catastrophe. Before parents entrust their child with such a powerful tool, they should carefully consider whether their child is mature enough to handle it–and carefully coach the child to use it properly.