Anyone else out there ever get a little overwhelmed by all the good parenting advice out on the market? It seems like pretty much everyone with a child has a viewpoint or has published a book on the subject. There are steps, ABC’s, numbered lists and chapters. Sometimes I feel like I’m drinking from a hydrant.
And let me just share my disclaimer: we here at CampClem are still in process: I am by no means close to done with parenting and am no expert on the subject.
But if you want to know what this li’l mama thinks is the most effective way to disciple your children, it’s this:
Yep, that’s it. Walk with Jesus. Even if you never read another parenting or discipleship book again (besides the bible), I think it just might be possible to raise amazing future-adults executing this one principle well.
Read His Word daily, pray, give Him praise, seek His guidance & wisdom… Succeed, fail, be passionate, be authentic…
Your kids will catch it. They will not just memorize; they will internalize. They will not just become smarter sinners, but instead transformed followers. Not just indoctrinated, but discipled.
I’m not saying you walk privately and never talk about it… But if you are in close relationship with the Savior, how can you help but talk about Him all the time, the straight overflow of your mind and heart?
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates (Deuteronomy 6:5-9).
So there you have it: pretty much every discipleship technique and principle known to man summed up for you in three easy words…
So I dunno, am I way off base here… or is there something to it?