Monday, September 6, 2010

How To Move From Kid CEO to Parent CEO, Pt.1

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How to move from Kid CEO to Parent CEO, Part 1

Have you ever stuck your head out of the car window while driving 55mph? If you have, you now know that you were in for a really bad hair day! Not only that, you would be sucking in more oxygen than you could possibly handle all at once. You need oxygen, but too much can be bad and potentially suffocating! Parents, we need to give our kids attention, love, and care. In doing so, we need to make sure that they aren't the focus of the entire house. Having a kid-centric household is not God's design. In God's design, the flow of the home is God --> Husband/Wife --> Child.

The Bible teaches us in Proverbs 26:12, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” You need to have a vision for your family. If you don't, you'll never experience all that God has for you & your children! One of my favorite leaders in all the Bible declared this, “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15) I want my kids to grow up and live big and expansive lives for the Kingdom of God. If our children are going to succeed, they need to be centered around God's plan and His purposes. Like Joshua, it is the parents responsibility to LEAD the family in the ways of God. This week we'll use the ever-clever acrostic, K.I.D.S., to learn how to do just that. Here are some tips to help you keep your kids from running your lives. Remember, if you allow your kids to run your life, you will ruin theirs. The essence of parenting is training and preparing your kids to LEAVE. That's a good thing! In order to help prepare them for their future, here's what they will need from you in the present...

1. Knowledge that’s GROUNDED.
“By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established.” Proverbs 24:3
“Whoever walks with the wise will become wise; whoever walks with fools will suffer harm.” Proverbs 13:20
“Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Joshua 1:8
 “The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;13 planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God.” Psalm 92:12-13

The scriptures above point to the way that we can help our kids become grounded. When they spend time in God's Word and with God's House (His people) they will acquire wisdom. Simply stated, wisdom is knowing what God wants you to do and choosing to do it. Much like you, I want my children to flourish & live purpose-driven lives. I desire that they will grow in the greatness that God has planned for them in Christ Jesus! (Jeremiah 29:11) If that is to ever occur, they will need large levels of wisdom. Children must understand that the universe doesn't revolve around them and that they were born for the purposes of God. I want to challenge you to help your kids live purpose-driven lives!

Listen, your children will grow up and face the issues of this life, such as: discouragement, job loss, sickness, relationship issues. Their knowledge of sports & culture will not help them make it through those days. If they are grounded in God's Word and His House, they will have the foundation that they need to succeed.

Question- What changes do you intend to make to your House this week so that your kids can receive the knowledge they need to stay grounded?