Sometimes, when we say we value something, our actions tell a different story. I think many Christian parents would agree that it is important to value character when raising children.
But how many of these same parents would consistently choose to take their child to a soccer game on Sunday morning instead of church. Does this reflect that they have a high priority on the development of godly character?
Why It Is So Important to Value Character When Raising Children
It pains me to say this, but there are way too many moms and dads out there who act like they value the grades their children make and the sports teams they play on more than they value the character and souls of their children. Most of you are probably familiar with Jesus’ words in Mark 8:36, “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?”
Bringing up our children with the love and fear of God will not only help them go about their lives and careers with good attitudes and character, but it will also yield more lasting rewards. Getting an impressive report card or making the all-star team are suitable goals, and there is nothing wrong with encouraging these things. But before we go too crazy, we need to make sure we have our priorities straight. Let’s not forget the words of Matthew 6:33: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
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