Saturday, May 29, 2010

Philosophy of Life

A key job for you as a parent is to help your children develop a philosophy of life.

"Everybody has a philosophy of life," says Dr. Bob Barnes. "A philosophy of life is what you're counting on to get you through in life. So, if you want to help your child develop a philosophy of life, consider carefully what philosophy you are modeling in your home each day. Is it 'If we can just get to the next paycheck, we'll be fine'? Or is it 'All we need is a car that actually runs'? Perhaps your philosophy is 'If I can get married again, then everything will be okay.'

"Your philosophy of life needs to be a faith in Jesus Christ, where you are counting on the Lord whether or not you understand the circumstances. Your children need to see that your philosophy of life is your faith in Christ. They will walk out of your home with some kind of philosophy, and it needs to be God."

If you think that your philosophy of life is your faith in Christ, are you sure that your children see it that way? Be open with your children about your faith and your reliance on God instead of on material things or circumstances. You will want to make a conscious effort to express to your children how Jesus Christ is a solid foundation that they can live their lives on.

"He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken" (Psalm 62:2).

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