Note: In lieu of my regular gratitude posts, I am joining with The Pelsers for the 7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential book club. This week we’re discussing Chapter 6—”Building Character Through Discipleship.”
Discipling my children—and being intentional about it—has been on my heart for years. Honestly, this is one of the reasons why we began homeschooling. We absolutely want to provide our children with a solid academic foundation, but we also want them to have a biblical worldview and a solid spiritual foundation to carry them through life.
In chapter 6 of the book, Zan explains that our priority as parents, our primary concern (above academics or anything else), is to make sure that our children know Christ and that they are concerned with what God thinks and are focused on pleasing Him with everything in them. That is exactly what I want for my children!
I try to live Deuteronomy 6:4-7 out with my children. I am making a conscious effort to bring God, His Word, and His principles into everything we do. I pray that God will enable me to remember Him throughout the day so that I can bring His goodness and love to my children’s attention too. I want a focus on God and His work in and around us to become as natural to us as breathing.
The other thing Zan brings out in the chapter that I want to be more intentional about doing is serving—in our church, community, and the world. This is part of “loving our neighbor as ourselves.”
I can see that I’ve made progress in my goals for discipling my children, but 7 Tools definitely reminded me of areas where I still have work to do. The hardest part of the chapter for me to read was the part about extended family. We have some family members we are closer to than others, and we have some that I pray for better relations with. I will continue to pray and believe because I know God can turn those situations around!
My favorite passage from Chapter 6, the one I’m still meditating on:
“Our goal for our children is the same goal that we should have for ourselves: to love Christ and seek to please Him in everything we do, in both our heart attitudes and our outward behavior.”
Zan Tyler, 7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential
What does discipleship look like at your house?
Other posts from the #7Tools series:
- The Importance of Worldview
- Parenting with Purpose
- That Thing Called Quality Time
- My Children Belong to God
- The Art of Imitation
- When Your Plans Get Changed (How Our Homeschooling Journey Began)
- Some Thoughts on Intentional Parenting
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