(6th Nov to 12th Nov 2005)

 

These are my notes on what character/moral training is going on around here.  I have been thinking about parental training in terms of our children "putting off" the old self and "putting on" the new creation in Christ.  I need to be able to help my children to do this.

 

 

For the first time I felt I have expressed what sin does to a relationship in a way that a young child can understand.   After going through a discipline issue with Daniel I left him in his room till he was ready to restore the relationship.  He came out and threw himself in my arms, declaring, “I want to obey God.”  I was very excited to hear his heart response.

 

 

 

We are also dealing with a core issue of selfishness.  This is expressed in not coming back to mum when finished a job and reading a book instead, not playing other children’s games, being a drama queen and drawing attention to self, fussing over clothes.  My biggest question I am asking at the moment is “Who are you thinking of right now?”  Answer:  Myself.  “Who would Jesus have you think of in this situation?”   These questions not only get to their heart but also help them come to their own conclusions about their behaviour/choices.

 

 

 

We continue to work on pride issues.  We discussed this week that to him who much is given much is expected.  I was not just talking of gifts / talents but also of Christian heritage.  I discussed that when pride is in our hearts we will not be available to God for him to use us.  Neither will lives produce much fruit.

 

 

 

Adult conversation – tricky when kids are growing up – they are understanding adult conversation and adult humour but not quiet there as adults yet.  Need to teach the kids to only continue adult’s conversation/humour not to introduce it.  Need to teach them signals from me when I think they have said/done enough.

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