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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Building A Christ-Centered Home in 2010

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Our church youth leaders send out a monthly newsletter that contains some interesting articles for parents. The one we got just the other day had one such article that I’d like to share with you. Coming into the new year I think it’s a great motivator for us to make sure we are standing firmly on solid rock. It begins:

Although the loss of a moral compass is a complex issue, youth-culture expert Walt Mueller says the starting point for turning it around is rather simple. He looks in the mirror every morning and asks himself:

* Do you love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength?

* Do you love your neighbor as yourself?

* Are you modeling those priorities to the kids who live under your roof?

* Is that model clear and consistent to the point that they know where you stand on matters of right and wrong?

* When they fail, do you show them the same grace your heavenly Father shows you every minute of every day?

* Are you praying for your children?

* Are you involved enough in their lives to know where they are struggling and where they are succeeding morally?

* Do you affirm them, compliment them, and tell them you’re proud when they make good choices?

* Are you willing to speak up and lovingly challenge those assumptions and ideas they adopt that are contrary to God’s standards for their lives?
(from the January 2010 theParentLink)

I think a good way to start the new year is to print a copy of these questions and tape them to the bathroom mirror as a reminder for us to answer them anew each day. Answering them faithfully and honestly will move our households toward being more Christ-centered in 2010.

Happy New Year!

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