It's so tough, in a world so full of corrupt thinking and ways, to teach children to navigate the world in a way that is loving but also firm in the belief of what is right. It's so hard when your kids may be surrounded by people making wrong choices or maybe just different choices than your family would make.
As my kids get older, the problems get more complex, the answers get trickier to navigate as you weave in and out of the areas they understand at their ages, both emotionally and spiritually. At the end of the day we spend most of the time talking about loving others.
I work hard to model love to my boys as the best way to inspire change in others. The boys and I show love to our mailman, to our UPS carrier, to their teachers and peers. I involve the boys in choosing items and drawing pictures for our Operation Christmas Child boxes every year as a way to love someone they don't even know. We donate toys and clothes to charity together.
We are teaching our kids to live out Proverbs 16:24: Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
We are loving to each other, to our friends, to our family and to the people in our neighborhood. As they get older they will see us model this kind of love to all sorts of people we come across...even those we don't agree with because at the end of the day, there is not a more powerful change inducer than love.
I was excited to see Fox's new movie trailer "Won't Back Down" because there seems to be so few movies these days that inspire good change. Our society seems to focus on the bad, the sad, the ugly and the things that tear down our society.
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