Discipleship Quick Tip (May 11, 2011)

Talk to your children about a challenge you faced at work, and how your faith helped you through it.

Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.
I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.
When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.
Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life. (Proverbs 4:10-13)

One of our goals as Christian parents is to train our children in how to live as mature Christians, even in the most challenging times of our lives. We do this by passing on the wisdom we have gained from the combination of living life and learning our own lessons, often the hard way. Several years ago, it became clear that I was going to lose my job, in an unjust move by my employer. Even though I had some really bad days in that season of my life, Deb and I decided to keep our older sons “in the loop” about the challenges facing our family and me as a father-provider, because one day, our young men would be heads of households, and very likely to face similar challenges. By talking with them about the problem and the challenges, the Lord gave us the opportunity to model for them how men and women respond to those challenges with Christ-like character.

Take a few minutes this week and talk with your children about a challenge you recently faced, or currently face at work. Speak very clearly to them about how your faith helps you to respond to the challenge, and how you were or are trying to be Christ-like in your attitude and behavior. Let them see you work through your problems, and so pass on the wisdom you have acquired.