A few weeks ago we took our sons to a local bowling alley. This wasn’t just any bowling alley. This place was amazing. In addition to the bowling alley, there was an on-site restaurant and arcade. The price was amazing too! $60 for just the bowling! We decided to attempt another more budget friendly, but fun outing. As we headed out of the door, the arcade sucked our 5 year old and us in. Before we knew it we were playing basketball, skeeball and Deal or No Deal.
We then headed over to play some air hockey. As we played I observed how my 5 year old played. He was so intent on winning he wasn’t paying attention to the fact that his hands were blocking me from scoring. At certain points through out the game I realized he was only blocking my shots but not making any shots of his own. He was playing defense, but not offense. I thought to myself, “how is he supposed to win like that?” In his mind blocking me was helping him win. This was partially true. The game would never end if he only blocked my shots, but never tried to score any of his own.
It occurred to me, as parents, many times we raise our children this way. We teach them to block out negative influences, avoid the wrong people, places and circumstances. We are teaching defense. Where are they learning how to live offensively? Could they be the influencer, instead of always being the influenced?
How do we teach our children to score in life?
Here are 6 insights from the scriptures they need to know:
1. Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Prov 3:5
2. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2
3. Let your light shine before men in such a way, when they see your good works, they glorify God, our Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16
4. Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you. Matthew 6:33
5. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Philippians 4:6
6. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. John 17:3
Lord, help me live in such a way that I’m running to win and that I’m teaching my children to run to win in this race of faith. I need your strength, Holy Spirit, to persevere, as an example of Godly ambition.
It’s your turn: How are you teaching your children to score in life?
Destined to win,