“Do you want your children to love God? Do you want them to truly enjoy living life with and for Jesus Christ? There’s an unspoken principle that many parents or leaders miss. It often goes ignored, unrecognized, and completely invisible. But it plays out in every family and church. It is present in every parenting struggle and every parenting success. It’s huge.”
Click to read the rest of this excellent post by Cary Schmidt: Influence Trumps Authority.
His post goes along very well with the short statement that I recently made on my Facebook page: “Parents who want to influence their children can’t rely only on their authority to keep their kids obedient. If we want to have significant influence on them, we must have their hearts.” It will be an encouragement and blessing to you, and help you realize that it’s not enough to love your children, but that you must also LIKE them, so you can be a Godly, positive influence in their life!
**Cary Schmidt, is the author of the book I mention often: Passionate Parenting. Great resource with practical teaching on pursuing the heart of your child!