How to Help Your Children Make Great Decisions
by Pastor Steve Reynolds from CapitalBaptist.org
One of life’s most significant challenges is knowing how to make great decisions. As we continue our series on decision-making, I want to speak directly to parents. As parents, decision-making is probably the most critical skill we hope to teach our children. I want to help by giving you a few principles that I believe will help your children make great decisions.
1. Encourage your children to put God first. Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Putting God first is the foundation of any great decision. The very best decision your children can make is to put God first in their lives. My parents taught me this lesson early in life, and it filled me with much optimism and belief. As far back as I can remember, I’ve had a positive view of God, and this view of God influenced every decision that I have made.
2. Teach your children to place a high value on God’s Word. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” This verse from 2 Timothy 3:16 highlights the extreme value of God’s Word. If our children are to have any hope of walking in righteousness, they must have a high value of God’s Word, which instructs and trains them to do just that. In a perverse generation, God’s Word will help your children live pure, as it says in Psalm 119:9, “How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your Word.”
3. Ensure that your children attend church. When I was a child, I had a drug problem – my parents drug me to church three times a week. Hebrews 10:25 says, “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” Attending a healthy, Bible-believing church is essential to a vibrant faith that comes alive in a Christ-centered community. As we yield to God’s authority and the authority found in the church community, we learn to yield to authority in other areas of life, as well.
Making decisions is difficult, but I believe these three principles will set your child on the right track.
Steve Reynolds is the senior pastor at Capital Baptist Church. He and his wife Debbie have three grown children and six grandchildren.