Kids and all humans are wired to want to grow! As soon as kids start to grow physically we start calling them big boys or big girls. We want kids to grow in their emotional health as well; for instance we buy a pet that some day we know will die so we can help kids know how to deal with death. Intellectually we are especially wired to grow. Infants start to crawl and 'rock' in order to reach (and eat) their favorite toy. We are also wired to grow spiritually, but God's Word teaches us that we are wired to grow in a negative direction - Sin!
Where is this coming from? I was recently reading a book by Dr. Tim Kimmel by Grace-Based Parenting. In one chapter he mentions the need to develop our children in a complete capacity: physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. However, he spends just as much time on the P, E, and I aspect that he does the Spiritual, if not more!
If we want our kids to make Christ the center of our lives, we need to spend far more time on the Spiritual aspect of who they are than on any other. It should take precedence over everything else! This can be stated another way: If you put God first, everything else seems to fall into place. While that phrase is a little crude, there is a great deal of truth in it.
So, while there is more to come on this topic, what do you think? Am I off base on this?
More to come,