This is part of a 31 day series of shepherding a child’s heart in 5 minutes a day (click here for the series intro). I pray this series edifies you as much as reading Tripp’s book has encouraged and challenged my husband and I in how we raise our children. Subscribe to the blog in the side bar if you’d like to get posts emailed to you in a weekly digest or subscribe on your favorite blog reader.
As a public high school teacher, I can identify with nearly 100% accuracy the kids who were raised in godly Christian homes*. Not because they talk about church all the time or pray over their lunches before they eat…but there’s just something different about them. For us as parents, this can only be achieved – and manifested later in our grown children – if we keep our central focus of parenting firmly aimed at the gospel.
I can have complicit children. I can have children that obey my husband and I no matter what we tell them to do. But I if don’t address the attitudes of their hearts that are causing their rebellious or disobedient behavior to come to the surface, I have missed the mark (Matthew 12:34: For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.)
If you’ve read Shepherding a Child’s Heart, you’ll know that Tripp comes back to this time and time again because it is absolutely central to any success we can have raising godly children. How can we point them to Jesus if we don’t point to the gospel? God IS the gospel so we must always keep this as our focus.