“The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.” Proverbs 28:1
It takes three courageous decisions by a parent determined to Raise A Home Run Kid. Those three decisions are:
GUIDE YOU KID’S HEART!
DON’T CARRY YOUR KID’S LOAD!
We have taken a look at the first two, today we will look at the third decision:
RELEASE YOUR KID FROM YOUR FEAR
You can choose if you want to be courageous or cowardly and if you want to raise courageous kids or cowardly kids.
“Boldness” = increased capacity for courage
Actually, if you make the first two courageous decisions you are 2/3 of the way there because fearful parents carry the load for their kid. By carrying the load for your kid you diminish his capacity to cope with his world. In so doing you erode his confidence and project your fear upon him.
However, if you have the courage to allow your kid to carry his own load and if you assure him you will be there when he gets over-burdened you are instilling confidence in him. Your confidence in him will be transferred to him.
The “RIGHTEOUS” are bold as lions!
What does it mean to be “RIGHTEOUS”?
The righteous are those who have trusted Christ for the forgiveness of their sins and who have received salvation. Receiving the gift of salvation makes you right with God through the atoning sacrifice of Christ.
Why are the righteous bold?
· They have God’s peace
· They have God’s presence
· They have God’s purpose
· They have God’s perspective
· They have God’s power
Knowing Christ and what He has accomplished in the past will give your child boldness in trusting Him for the future!
When my boys were small and just beginning to be interested in baseball they wanted me to teach them to bat. So I took them to the ball field with their bat and as many baseballs as we could find. My boy would take the bat and step up to the plate and I would lob a ball to him. Now I was capable of raring back and firing fastballs past him all day long. But I wasn’t trying to teach him how to swing and miss, I wanted to teach him to HIT the ball so I had to serve it up to him down the middle of the plate so he would experience the thrill of connecting with the ball. Each time he hit the ball he would get more excited and want to hit it harder. I wanted my boys swinging for the fences!
How can your kid be a Home Run Kid if he doesn’t swing for the fences?
IF WE WANT TO REALIZE OUR VISION OF RAISING UP A GENERATION OF BELIEVERS WHO ARE MORE PASSIONATE AND COMMITTED TO GOD THAN WE WILL NEED TO RAISE COURAGEOUS KIDS!
RAISING COURAGEOUS KIDS WILL REQUIRE COURAGEOUS DECISIONS BY THEIR PARENTS!