What parents do not owe their children:
•The latest fashion (Acts 10:34-35; 1 Timothy 2:9-10; James 2:1-10). We need to teach our kids to earn admiration and respect through character and not clothing.
•The hottest toys and games (Ecclesiastes 1:4, Ecclesiastes 1:8). Look through your house at all the ‘gotta have it’ toys that haven’t been touched in months. I wrapped all these one year and gave them as anonymous gifts to needy families. Not once did anyone ask ‘what happened to my … ?’ or ‘where is my … ?’
•A car and money to burn (1 Timothy 6:10-11). There’s nothing inherently wrong with buying your kids a car, but most 16-year-olds think they are OWED a car at 16. Take a group to the mall or on a youth trip and see who has the most spending money-it’s not the adults! Continue reading