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Parenting By God (4 of 5)
Series: Under New Management
Pastor Kerry Shook
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1. Visit Their Planet!
"The Word became human and lived among us ..." John 1:14 (GW)
• Touch their world
"... let the little children come to me ..." Mark 10:14 (NIV)
• Hear their world
"The Lord is near to all who call on him." Psalm 145:18 (NIV)
• See their world
"When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd." Matt. 9:36 (NIV)
• Smell their world
"... the Lord disciplines those he loves ..." Heb. 12:6 (NIV)
Somebody said, "If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, then children must be from another universe altogether." I know many parents who love their kids deeply feel that way about them at times, and many kids who love their parents deeply feel at times like their parents are from another planet. Children and parents definitely live in two different worlds, and as children become teenagers, many times these two worlds collide. Now just as the song a moment ago said, both worlds want to understand each other...both worlds want to bridge this gap...but, the question is, "How?" Now, I don't stand before you as a parenting expert. I've still got a lot to learn. In fact, when we first had kids, I read all the parenting books that were out there, and I thought...how hard can this thing be?...but since that time, there have been many times I've felt completely in over my head and clueless when it comes to parenting. I'm just a fellow struggler like you are. In fact, I remember one such time several years ago when one of my sons was four years old, and we were sitting at the dinner table. He asked for a cookie, and his Mom pointed out that he hadn't eaten his vegetables yet. So, I said, "Son, if you'll eat your squash, I'll give you a cookie." And he said, "I don't want to eat my squash." And I said, "You don't understand. It's really not an option. You must eat your squash. He said, "I'm not going to eat my squash." And, right then and there, all my parental authority had come down to a plate of squash. I knew I was in trouble, but I didn't know what to do so I just kept going at it. In fact, I said, "Son, if you don't eat your squash, I'm going to spank you." He said, "Go ahead and spank me, but I'm not going to eat my squash." That's when, panic stricken, I looked at Chris and I said, "What do I do? You know, our four-year-old has taken over our family." Now I know that some of you parents can relate to that...those times where you feel completely in, over your head, and you don't know what to do.