Help Children Focus on What’s Important

 

The following article, which I published in my newsletter in 2012, has as much relevance today as it did then, if not more so. Parenting becomes harder every year, and we want to support you in raising your children to love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ. I hope you benefit from what I have written here.

Help Children Focus on What’s Important

Last evening I watched a movie called 25 Hill, a story about a boy whose dad gives him a soap box car kit for Christmas. They plan to build it together and have the boy race it. But his dad is deployed and dies before it can happen.

During the course of the story, the boy, Trey, needs to learn to focus on what’s important both in life and in racing. I won’t spoil the story for you by telling you more, but it’s a good family movie. There is some drinking in it, but for good reasons that become obvious later.

Just as Trey needed to learn to focus, so do all parents and children. I watched another movie last week called Captivated: Finding Freedom in a Media Captive Culture. This is a documentary I believe every parent in the West should watch. In fact, every adult. It’s that important.

Our Culture Has Lost Its Focus

As a culture, we in western civilization have lost our focus, which used to be on God. We have actually given up our rights to think clearly, reason for ourselves, and live active lives. One of the ways we have done this is by enslaving ourselves to media of every kind. And our children have followed suit. In some cases, we have let them lead the way for us, when we should have been leading them.

God gave parents and grandparents the responsibility to raise up children to love and serve Him. We teach best by example. I urge you to watch Captivated, and more than that, to refocus your life on what is most important and train your children to do the same.

In the past two years, I have lost a brother, a sister, a first cousin, and two close friends. With four children still growing up at home and one in college, my sister left much of what she planned to do undone.

How Will You Help Your Family Focus?

What would you do if you knew you only had a short few months to live? With death in view, we see more clearly what is crucial in life. None of us is promised tomorrow. Don’t put off teaching your children to live their lives well. Teach them to focus on the things of God, to want and do His will above all else. For life is but a breath. And eternity . . . well that’s forever.

Share your comments, questions, and suggestions:

  • What influence has media had on your family?
  • What are you doing to encourage your children or grandchildren to focus on what’s important?
  • What do you think are the greatest issues parents face in raising children today?

I look forward to your input.

Jeanne Gowen Dennis

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Freedom to Live Authentically with Cynthia Cavanaugh

Author and speaker Cynthia Cavanaugh joins Jeanne Dennis to discuss obstacles in our lives that can keep us from reflecting God’s glory. Cynthia helps women shed their masks and live authentically, especially through her Bible study Live Unveiled: Freedom to Worship God, Love Others, and Tell Your Story.
Highlights from Cynthia’s interview:

  • “We have a unique fingerprint that we leave on the world, and that becomes our legacy.”
  • “It’s not always the big things in our life that become obstacles. It’s an accumulation of lots of little things.”
  • “As a passionate person, if you’ve been shaped to know that your anger is wrong, then what do you do with those emotions?”

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Books by Cynthia Cavanaugh

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Helping Kids Navigate a Dangerous Culture with Tina Griffin

Former Hollywood actress, speaker, and blogger Tina Griffin, aka the Counter-Culure Mom, joins Heritage of Truth host Jeanne Dennis. They discuss how parents can help their kids navigate a culture filled with violence, promiscuity, drugs, and death. Tina talks bluntly about the issues confronting young people today. Many parents and grandparents are unaware of these dangers, which include a video game that teaches murder and an online challenge that leads to suicide. WARNING TO PARENTS: THIS DISCUSSION IS NOT FOR YOUNG CHILDREN!

Views expressed by guests and guest hosts on this show or in their books or products are theirs alone and are not necessarily endorsed by Heritage of Truth or its host. Links to other websites are provided as a courtesy. Heritage of Truth and its host cannot be responsible for content on other websites, and we urge viewers to exercise caution when visiting other websites.

Israel Visit Highlights for the Nation’s 70th Anniversary

We have just returned from Israel and have prepared a short video of highlights from this beautiful land. Heritage of Truth would like to wish all the people of Israel of every faith and ethnic origin a wonderful Independence Day and an abundance God’s blessings and peace.

Encouragement for Christian Women Writers with Shayne Moore

Shayne Moore is co-founder of the international Redbud Writers Guild. With Heritage of Truth host Jeanne Dennis, Shayne offers encouragement for both seasoned and aspiring Christian women writers. She also discusses the writers  guild and their first compilation book Everbloom: Stories of Deeply Rooted and Transformed Lives.

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Books by Shayne Moore

Views expressed by guests and guest hosts on this show or in their books or products are theirs alone and are not necessarily endorsed by Heritage of Truth or its host. Links to other websites are provided as a courtesy. Heritage of Truth and its host cannot be responsible for content on other websites, and we urge viewers to exercise caution when visiting other websites.