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What Road Are You On?

Leadership / Spiritual Formation //

Do you ever find yourself making the same mistakes over and over again?

If I keep repeating the same mistakes is it possible to change or is it just the way I am?

Absolutely, it is possible to change. I just have to choose a different road than the road I am currently on.

What about your kids or the kids that you teach? What road are they on? Can you see some kids that are on a good road and some that are on a not so good road? You can’t predict the future, but you can get a pretty good idea where someone is going to end up by looking at the road that they are on.

If I see a child that is on the wrong road can a direct him or her to the right road?

Solomon said it like this:

Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.” – Proverbs 22:6

For example, if Mary wants to buy a car when she turns sixteen she needs to get on the road that leads to car ownership. The bottom line is that Mary needs to start saving 50% of her allowance. If she spends all of her allowance every week she is on the read that leads to debt.

So, how do I direct a child to the right road?

That begins with asking your kids some questions about their future.

Here are some good questions to ask:

  • Where do you see yourself ten years from now?
  • What does your life look like?
  • Will you graduate from high school?
  • Will you be in college?
  • What do you want to do when you grow up?
  • What do you enjoy doing now?
  • What are your strengths?

I like Proverbs 22:6 in the Amplified Bible.

Train up a child in the way he should go (and in keeping with his individual gift or bent), and when he is old he will not depart from it.

In summary we need to help children identify what they want to do and what their gifts are. Next, come up with a strategy that creates a ‘road’ that will get them where they already want to go.

Yes, this takes time and effort, but it’s worth the effort because their direction determines their destination.

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About the Author

Pastor, filmmaker, coach and comic book collector, Mark Harper has over 30 years of experience in the local church. He is the creator of the Super Church Curriculum series, which is used in over 5,000 churches worldwide. Mark and his wife Debra have two adult children, one grandchild and one Yorkie who thinks he's a german shepherd. www.transformkidmin.com