(Daniel 1:8; Philippians 3:13-14)
The Situation: Adults wonder, “Why are many Christians ‘mediocre’?“ The world belittles selflessness, righteousness, and humility, but God prizes these virtues. In an effort to be “cool” and to fit in, many children become satisfied with lackluster spiritual growth.
The Solution: Children rarely rise above the level of our expectations. They reach only as high as we hold the bar. We often place the “spiritual growth” bar far too low, causing them to believe that their faith is not all that important. By establishing higher standards, we can motivate children to keep growing as Jesus’ lifelong disciples.
What You Can Do: It is time to “raise the bar.” Kids have untapped potential to learn practical skills for using God’s Word, relating to people, and living out their faith in the real world. Challenge your child to reach his or her full potential as a Christian. Establish expectations based on your child’s ability, raising or lowering those expectations when appropriate.
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