Good Parenting Means That You Protect Your Child from the Inside Out
May integrity and honesty protect me, for I put my hope in you. Psalm 25:21
When you think of protecting your kids, what comes to mind? Perhaps you think that putting them in a Christian school or even homeschooling them is the best way to protect your children. Or maybe you feel that keeping them away from certain family members or moving to a safer neighborhood will do the job.
Nothing wrong with those things. At some point, they may be very necessary for your family.
But they are protective measures that will only last as long as they do. As long as your child lives in that neighborhood. As long as your child goes to that school or is homeschooled. As long as your child stays away from toxic people.
What will protect them when you are not around to shelter them?
In this verse in Psalm 25, David is saying that honesty and integrity will protect him as he puts his trust in God. You can protect your children in the future–even when you are miles away and when they are making their own decisions–by teaching them when they are young how to live a life of integrity and honesty, how to put their trust in God.
It is then and only then that your protective influence will last far beyond Christian school, homeschooling, safe neighborhoods, and healthy family members. It is then and only then that your protective influence will be a part of who your child is because he was raised to trust in God, and to live a life of integrity and honesty. That kind of protection comes from the inside, not the outside.
That’s the kind of protection your child desperately needs. Don’t neglect it as you strive to keep them safe in other ways as they are growing up.
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