What Matters to Us Shapes Us

Note from the author: I wrote this short article for the parents involved in our Student Ministry. Feel free to share it with the parents in your ministry.

Like many of you, I sat and listened to much of the news coverage of Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate hearing. I don’t want to make this a political post, not even for a second. However, Thursday was a day that will be recorded in History textbooks and is worthy of our attention as Christians. As the primary spiritual teacher/discipler of your kids, I hope that you are helping them think through what is occurring in our country. Here are a few short thoughts on teachable moments in our current events:

Truth Matters // I honestly don’t know who is telling the truth and I don’t want to get into that debate, but the point is that the truth matters. We live in a culture of individualism where what is true to you is truth. In our culture it would be considered at attack if I were to ask an individual to define truth in a certain way. Our culture rejects the notion of absolute truth and even truth in general, until it matters. When the stakes are high, we see the importance of truth and why truth matters.
Scripture to read: Matt. 22:16, Ps. 119:160; John 14:6; Ps. 25:5, 43:3, 86:11

Decisions Matter // I remember my parents telling me from a young age that decisions have consequences. Amber and I do the same for our children. Often we don’t feel the weight of our decisions until much later in life. I believe that many students believe that their decisions today don’t matter as much as those when they are older. It seems that the cause of this is not the teenager, but how adults talk about them. “Oh, little Billy did that? Well, he is just a kid!” “Teenagers are just like that at this age.” “Boys will be boys.” This is not truth. Decisions matter no matter your age. What you decide today, shapes who you are tomorrow. There are eternal consequences to the decisions we make every day. Let’s not fool our kids into thinking anything different.
Scripture to read: Proverbs 3:5-6, 11:14, 16:2; 1 Cor. 10:31

Character Matters // Character is what defines you in the minds of other people. When someone asks to describe you as a person, your character is revealed. Character is the fruit of wise decision making. You can work an entire life building your character, but you are always one decision away from destroying it.
Scripture to read: Romans 5:3-5, 13:4; Proverbs 25:26; 10:9, 20:7, 22:7, 28:6; Gal. 5:22-23

The Gospel Matters // We can never lose sight of the importance of the gospel. Romans 1:16 says, For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. The gospel of Jesus Christ is good news for everyone who believes. It is good news for the Republican and for the Democrat. It is good news for the rapist, to whom there is forgiveness, and for the raped, for whom there is restoration. It is good news, because it is the power of God that brings salvation. We must never lose sight of the gospel.
Scripture to read: Romans 1:16, 3:23, 5:8, Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 Cor. 15:1-11

The core of all this is that what matters to us today, shapes us tomorrow. If you care more about being heard than being truthful – that matters and it will shape how you live. If you care more about having fun than glorifying God – that matters and it will shape the core of who you are.

Sit with your children and process the things that are going on in our world through the Truth of Scripture. The Senate hearing of Brett Kavanaugh is a perfect opportunity to teach your children that their decisions today shape what their life looks like tomorrow.

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