“Just because I dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.” Charles Barkley

Where, after all, is Charles Barkley when the report card comes home? Our children naturally draw inspiration from sports figures, movie stars, and other celebrities, but it is we to whom they look for daily guidance, love, and support. We are their primary role models. Let’s make sure our encouragement is never in short supply, and that our commitment to their physical and emotional welfare never lags. No NBA star, movie star or other celebrity will be our stand-in at that parent-teacher conference; only we can put forth the values and ideals from which our child can draw strength and prosper.

And who is our role model. Our Father which art in heaven! God’s appearance is unknown to us but not his character. His character, likeness, and nature are known to us and it is our obligation to be evidence of his characteristic, likeness and integrity. As our children’s role model, we are to train our children to possess the qualities of our Father. It is our job to nurture our children’s soul in order for them to attain these characteristics. As parents, we must have knowledge of scripture in order to impart that knowledge to our children. We must know the foundation of what we believe and why we believe it. When we give our children instruction, we should also use scripture to back it up. (2 Timothy 3:16-17) We must be diligent in teaching our children. (Deut 6:6). We must teach by example. (2 Timothy 2:2)

Scripture tells us if we do not teach scripture to our children we all will perish (Hosea 4:6). The benefit of teaching the word is that you and your family will be blessed with a peace of mind. (Deuteronomy 6:9 and Proverbs 29:17). The recent headlines of the Chris Brown and Rhianna incident has so many people speaking about how disappointed they are because they thought Chris Brown was a good role model. I don’t know Chris Brown or Rhianna like I know my Father. Therefore, although my son is a fan of Chris Brown, knowing our Father is the top priority so that we can be better prepared to handle life’s events. Also important is providing our children with opportunities to put into action what they are learning from scripture. This will pave the way for subconscious Christ-like behavior. If training of the scripture is not done and children are not given the opportunities to put what they have learned into action, all the things that they are being taught will go in one ear and out the other. (James 1:23-24)

Declaration: On this day, I will take five minutes to think about what kind of role model I am for my child, and if it needs improvement, I pledge to do that.

By Michele Quick, SMCC/CSAC, Pastoral Counselor

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