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I want to paint a broad picture of vision in your mind.

As a parent (whether single or married—it makes no difference) our number one job is to place God's vision in our child's heart. The world won't do it. Our neighbors won't do it. The school system won't do it.

We, the parents, have to plant that vision within our child. We have to paint a picture in his heart of how God sees him. Scripture says, "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he" (Prov. 23:7).

In other translations, Proverbs 29:18 reads like this: "Where there is no vision, the people dwell aimlessly." "Where there is no vision, the people dwell carelessly." "Where there is no vision, the people dwell in violence."

Jesus had a vision. He knew why He came and where He was going. Most children these days don't have any idea as to their future. It's up to us as parents to plant a picture about God in our child's heart. But how are we to do that?

Suppose every morning the world came to your house, knocked on your door and said: "We represent your state and your country. We're here just to let you know we want to be a blessing to your children. We plan to speak good words to them and bring good things into their lives for the rest of their days."

Boy, that would be wonderful.

But it will never happen in this world! The devil is at work in the world, trying to take complete control over our children.

A Parent's Responsibilities
According to Romans 13:1-8, every person in a position of authority—and that includes a parent—has two responsibilities: to confront and punish that which is wrong, and to praise that which is good.

This means as parents we are to confront that which is wrong in our children and teach them to repent. Then we are to praise that which is good in them.

It's our responsibility as moms and dads to be the number one cheerleaders in our families. Nobody else will cheer our children the way we can.

God Designed Praise
God in the One Who created praise. According to Scripture, there are angels hanging around His throne in heaven just to praise Him. In the book of Revelation, it says these creatures have one job day and night. They cry out, "Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come" (Rev. 4:8).

Children are definitely seeking praise. They need to receive praise from their own parents. Without it, they will seek after praise from their peers for wrong things they do. They will find praise somehow and somewhere. If righteous praise doesn't come from their parents, they will get unrighteous praise from some other source.

When we are doing our job as parents, our children are not nearly as likely to be swayed by peer pressure. But we have to work at it. I have to purpose in my heart that I am going to do righteously by affirming my children with the Word of God.

We must constantly reaffirm within our children the vision God has of them. Like Abraham did, we are to call those things that be not as though they were (Rom. 4:17.) If our kids are weak, we must say they are strong. We have to say what God says in His Word.

Source: God Knows How to Raise Your Kids,
Even if You Don't
by John McGee.
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers

Author Biography

Joe McGee
Web site: Joe McGee Ministries
Joe McGee, author, national conference speaker, father, and former school administrator, is the founder and director of Joe McGee Ministries, Inc. and Faith For Families Ministries.

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