by Sherry Chamblee
So many of our parenting issues would be solved if we just got the kids involved in ministering to other people.
How do we go about helping someone come back from addictions or a life dedicated to self? We get them to stop thinking about themselves, and start thinking about God – to start thinking about other people and how they could point other people to Christ.
So do the same thing with your kids at an early age. Don’t just teach them all the right things… but ALSO get them involved in the nitty gritty of ministering to other people.
Let them get involved in things in a ministering capacity. Don’t have them standing around, or sitting at home alone, while you go off and do things for God. Bring them with you.
Where I’ve seen us as Christians getting rightful criticism about ‘sheltering’ our kids is when we’re too afraid to let our kids go out into the world in order to do right by someone else.
We ‘shelter’ them from going to the homeless shelter because we’re afraid they’ll be around people who talk about things we don’t want our kids to know about.
We ‘shelter’ them from being friends with ‘that’ kid over there because ‘that kid’ is involved in things we don’t approve of.
I’ve even known of people who don’t think kids should go door-to-door soulwinning because they might see some rough neighborhoods…
You know what we’re doing? We’re sheltering them from helping people.
Don’t stop your teenager from coming with you on that visit, or going to the homeless shelter, or having ‘that’ kid over to your home. Take them to the pregnancy crisis center and let them volunteer with you.
We don’t need to shelter them from the fact that hardness in life exists. We need to place it in a context of ministry, instead.
About the Author:
Sherry grew up in various cities around northern and central California. This gave her all sorts of stories that sat and festered in her brain, waiting to be let loose. She eventually went to college in Wisconsin, where she met her equally frenetic husband, Rich. They have six (yes, count them) children, two dogs and a cat, and currently reside in a madhouse in the southern California area. As a family, they enjoy being active in their local church. Sherry spends her time writing when not caring for Granny, the kids, the dogs, the cat and any number of strays in the neighborhood.
Sherry Chamblee can be found at http://www.sherrychamblee.weebly.com Or check out her books at http://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Chamblee/e/B00BA06RJ2/