“I can decide for myself!”
Yes, you can. But have you considered all the factors
needed for you to make this adult decision?
How many times have you had a similar discussion with one of your adult kids?
Helping them with decisions is not easy or simple.
They are grown. Often they are married.
Sometimes they have children as well.
When they are young and at home, it is much easier
To manage your children’s decisions…or influence them strongly.
But as they mature,
They need to make their own decisions.
“Will I chose the values I grew up with?
If not all of them, which ones will I keep?
Which ones will I toss?”
They ask themselves.
It sounds like these decisions are cerebral
But in reality,
They are usually matters of the heart! stop
It is not easy to decide to go in a different
Direction from people you love.
Or if not a different direction,
At least a tweaked one.
Even with similar values,
We marry people who bring a different background
And some different emphases.
Our new family looks different from the one where we grew up.
That’s why it is important to teach your child
The importance of attaching to Christ
For her faith.
Instead of making it an issue of it being tied
Simply to your family traditions.
As our children grow to adulthood,
We learn the importance of praying for them
Even more than when they are young.
Now they have marriages and children.
Jobs to distract them as well as life and responsibilities.
They need our prayers even more in adulthood.
Yes, we can tell them what we think.
But we need to be judicious with our opinions.
Particularly if they are based on our personal preferences.
Once again, we need to decide whether the luxury of sharing
Our opinion is worth the price we might pay.
Great post Martha! As a parent, I’m sure it is hard to know when to share and when not to share. I’m in the #7 spot this week.
yes tara, fortunately, it takes wisdom from GOD in the form of the Holy Spirit:) and that is our comfort. our believing children have the Holy Spirit to guide them. when they won’t listen to us on certain topics, they still have the Holy Spirit guiding them, hounding them:) We don’t have to be their holy spirit, we just have to love them and guide them.
Thanks for sharing. It’s a challenge to know when to share and when not to. Visiting from FMF #89
thanks for joining us today desire. it is a challenge. it takes wisdom and discernment that can only come from above.