Tuesday, September 7, 2010

My Moralist Dilemma

Being a new mommy (going on a few months :) ) I find myself against the wall on something. I see the Lord showing me some (okay actually many) parenting flaws. One of the most major being: training my children to merely be moral kids. Don't get me wrong I do want my children to learn to behave 'correctly' not to lie or steal or fight or curse but, all in all this will not help them in learning how to Glorify Christ. I want this to be because they have a desire to honor Christ not just so they can keep all their toys.

My dilemma: How do I create a heart change instead of just a moral change?
I don't want to create a pattern for my children of only learning morals. I was so challenged by two things I read about this. John Piper's church produces material for children, in their catalog I read about how we shouldn't teach our kids to share their food with others because the boy in the story shared his fish but, instead share his food knowing that God will provide for his need elsewhere.

Also, I've just started reading, "Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp. It's amazing!
Check out this excerpt from the first chapter:

"The heart is the wellspring of life. Therefore, parenting is concerned with shepherding the heart. You must learn to work from the behavior you see, back to the heart, exposing heart issues for your children."

You must help them "see the ways that they are trying to slake their souls' thirst with that which cannot satisfy. You must help your kids gain a clear focus on the cross of Christ."

Although I’m sure this book is going to help me with my "moralist dilemma" I would love to hear any in put from you gals! How do you deal with this struggle in your parenthood or how to you plan to deal with it in your future parenthood?

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  1. Another great book that complements Shepherding A Child's Heart is Don't Make Me Count To Three by Ginger Plowman. I loved that book!

  2. To Train up a Child by Michael Pearl is one of my favorites!