My wife and I had been married nine years. Some good, mostly bad. Mostly my fault. I hadn’t chosen to live my life as a Christian, let alone a pastor. But there I was, six months into following Christ with an irresistible urge to step into ministry at a church. At this point, my faith had greatly improved my marriage, but I had a secret—one I thought might make me very unpopular with my wife, and maybe my church. I had to tell her about the affairs.
“You’re going the wrong way!” our two-year-old daughter wailed hysterically at my husband and me from the back of the SUV.
As we find the responsibility of parenthood squarely on our own shoulders, many of us wish we’d grown up with more perfect examples of mothers and fathers. Some of us had well-meaning, loving parents who did their very best to bring us up. For others, that wasn’t our experience. Either way, all of us feel or have felt totally unprepared for parenting.
Kids. Such a crazy idea. These tiny humans in our care could one day preside over a country, invent the next technological breakthrough, and get their own tiny humans. If you’re a Christian, you know their destiny is eternal. Here’s the shocker—the initial shaping and beginning of their eternity happens in our homes, under our love and influence. Maybe your children are grown, and you feel like you screwed all this up. Keep reading. This is for you too.
These Biblical truths guard against flaring tempers.
Many of you have replied to these emails and shared one of your greatest parental challenges is dealing with your own anger as you lead and discipline your children. Today, we have a guest writer, Beth Castle, who has great insight and experience in bringing biblical truth to this very real challenge many of us face. –Allyson Evans, Life.Church NextGen Team
Imagine yourself talking to friend about the struggles you’re facing at a new job or in a relationship. As you’re talking about the burdens of your day, your friend pulls out their phone to check their emails. At the end of your conversation, they say, “I’m sorry to hear about that.” But, did they actually hear you, or did they possibly miss important details from your story because they were actually reading an email from their Aunt Virginia?
What does it mean when someone says, “We are created for eternity, not for Earth?” I’ve wondered that, too. We often read or hear statements like that and tuck it away without fully understanding what it means.
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Pretend you have kids (maybe you do), but suddenly you have no way of communicating with them verbally or otherwise. If they only have your life as an example, what would they deduce it takes to be happy? The right career, house, weekend activities, behavior, grades, youth sport leagues, clothes, food, friends, entertainment, church? Would they look at your life and realize like the Apostle Paul that godliness with contentment is itself great? We don’t all have kids, but we're all sending God a message about what we think it takes to be happy. Here’s some bad advice: tell others with your life that He isn’t enough. And now here’s some good advice about how to actually be happy.