Family-Matters.jpgAs parents, we tend to have one common goal, right?  We want to raise GOOD KIDS.  But really, what does that even mean?  For some, it might mean that their child is especially polite – he always says please and thank you, yes sir and no m’am and is especially aware of the comforts of those around him.  For others, it might mean that their child is exceptionally bright – she is an early reader, a knower of facts and has an intellect and understanding far beyond her age. Still others might define a good kid as one that simply stays out of trouble – he may not always be the best or the brightest, but he’s trust worthy and honest. In each of these examples the measurement for what is good is based on a set of attributes and criteria that we have set as good.  With all of these different examples of what GOOD is – how do we know if we are, in fact, raising a good child? The answer is that we must simply look to the Word of God.  What does God say about goodness?  In Galatians 5:22-23, the Bible lists goodness as one of the Fruits of the Spirit.  This leads me to believe that a truly good child is going to be cultivated and grown by GOD – the goodness will be something within him, inside his heart.  True goodness will propel that child towards God and God’s calling on his life.  God will mold him or her into a brand new creation designed to carry out HIS special purpose in our world.  Sometimes, this will cause the good child to look a little different than what we would imagine.  Some of those qualities we expect will be present (kindness, self control, peace – all of those are fruits as well), but other qualities will be missing.  A good child will NOT be blindly obedient if what he or she is being ordered to do is counter to God’s Word.  A good child will NOT remain quiet in the face of opposition – she will stand up for the truth.  So, how do we raise good child?  Proverbs 22:6 gives a pretty straightforward answer. “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it (ESV).”  So then the hard part – how do we do that?

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