Day 5 - Training Kids to Obey
“This book is all about discipleship. We are teaching our children the ways of God by taking them to the Word of God, modeling it ourselves, and training them in the right way. But this is a process, and it takes time – in fact, more time than you can even imagine. And if you have not already decided by now that this is part of your calling in life, this time-consuming process will more than frustrate you. It did not take long for us to figure out that our kids were not born obedient, so we had to come up with a process that would train and address the issues of their lives.”
-Parenting Without Regret: Raising Kids with Purpose, Not Perfection
Ephesians 6:1 says, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” We all want obedient children, but at the core we want children who follow Jesus for a lifetime. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Children have the best chance at following Jesus for life when they are trained. I do not know if you have noticed, but kids are not born perfect. They have a sin nature needing training and throughout the text of this chapter you will find several handrails for implementing practical tools. The principle belief for successful obedience training, though, revolves around the attitude of a child’s heart: obeying cheerfully, quickly, and completely. Hang the downloadable template below on your fridge, in your child’s room, or in another prominent place so you can begin to reinforce this foundational idea.
BONUS: This simple graphic provides your family with a sleek visual to hang on the fridge, in your child’s room, or in the playroom. While you may have your own house rules, these three statements remind parents and children how an obedient heart responds: Cheerfully, Quickly, & Completely.