Monday, December 21, 2009

Let your light shine...

My husband and I have decided to go through the GKGW program again now that we have access to the DVDs. The first time we went through we listened to them on CDs and found great benefits to the presentations - but like the Ezzo's say in the introduction you tend to listen only to the age/problems you are facing at the we figured it was time for a refresher.

We watched the introduction the other night and I really liked the verse they shared behind the whole purpose and reason for training our children in moral excellence. I decided to make this a new page in my scrapbook to discuss it with my kids during our training time.

The verse is Jesus talking in the Sermon on the Mount -- He says "Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds (good behavior) and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16 amplified)

I wanted my kids to realize it wasn't just mommy who wanted them to have good behavior and moral excellence, but that Jesus tells us in the Bible that we are to have good behavior and moral excellence so we can be an example of who Jesus is. We discussed characteristics of Jesus and we talked about how we are to have the same characteristics so other people around us will see Jesus in our hearts.

I think this is important to teach our kids that the Bible is our guidance in how we are to live our lives and mommy and daddy are here to help them until they are able to make their own choices. Both kids this morning really liked talking about who Jesus is and the characteristics He has and doesn't have and how we are to be a light shining to those around us!

Sorry the picture of my scrapbook page is sideways -- I'm still learning how to use the blog site and not sure how to turn the photo the right direction! ;-)

How have you been teaching your children about being a "light" to the world?! Remember, too moms and dads -- one of my favorite sayings from Chip Ingram's presentation Effective Parenting in a Defective World "more is caught than taught"...think about it -- we can spend all this time and effort teaching our children moral excellence but if we ourselves can not demonstrate and live the things we are teaching our children, then our efforts will be less effective! We too must be a light that shines to the world -- and our world includes our children!

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