(Matthew 12:33; Luke 6:45)
The Situation: Some people challenge established Christian virtues. They ask, “Why value a righteous lifestyle?” Many children grow up without the benefit of role models who exhibit positive character traits. Qualities such as honesty, diligence, and respect are in short supply. Homes and schools do not necessarily reinforce these basic values.
The Solution: “Character” describes who we really are, the person we choose to be. Jesus modeled character traits all Christians can develop. We build character through thousands of choices, one decision at a time. Outside, everyone can see our attitudes and actions (our reputation). Inside, only God knows about our hidden thoughts and dreams.
What You Can Do: Download the simple chart with eleven character traits that your child will learn about during this quarter (DiscipleLand.com/parents). When he or she reflects one of these characteris- tics, draw a “happy face” beside it. When your child “misses the mark,” sit down together and talk about it privately.
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