A Matter of Influence

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How has your impressionable child been influenced?

Has your child been more influenced by fleeting pop culture OR time-honored principles?

Has your child been more influenced by slick PR campaigns OR by heart-to-heart conversations with a caring parent?  

Has your child been more influenced by flaky peers OR by a concerned pastor?

Does your child think that “the one with more toys at the end wins”  OR the “Golden Rule: Treat other people as you’d like them to treat you”?

Has your child been more influenced by tasteless, trashy television OR by great inspiring literature?

Has your child been more influenced by Hollywood Stars OR by staring in awe and wonder at the amazing creation of a star-studded night sky?

Has your child been more influenced by gossip columns OR by biographies of selfless heroes?   Do they know more about the scandals of the “rich and famous” OR the sacrificial lives of God’s saints?

Is your child more concerned with packaging OR substance?

Has your child been more influenced by revisionist sound bites of history OR by the actual inspiring words of America’s founding documents? 

Has your child been more influenced by Harry Potter sorcery books OR by Christ’s “Sermon on the Mount”?   Are your children learning to cast spells and curse their enemies OR to “pray for them who despitefully use you”?  Are they learning to manipulate circumstances by chanting spells OR are they learning to pray “Our Father who art in heaven….Thy will be done”?

Has your child been more influenced by the shaky theory of evolution OR by the words of a loving Creator who reveals that He made man in the likeness of God?  

Is your child more fascinated with “shock jocks” OR reason?  

Has your child been more influenced by fear-implanting horror movies OR by the serenity of a sunset? 

Which is more apparent in your child:  A media-induced fear of global warming OR a healthy, reverential fear of a righteous God? 

Has your child been more influenced by the pack OR by the facts?

Has your child been more influenced by the world with its lusts OR by the Spirit of goodness and generosity?

Who is dictating your child’s standards: A celebrity here-today-gone-tomorrow OR the Everlasting Father God?

Finally, has your child been more influenced by others…. OR by you, a loving parent?

For that matter, have you, the parent, been more influenced by the pressing demands of daily life on planet earth OR by the quiet moments spent in heavenly places at the Savior’s side?  Lean on God Almighty to help you to keep His instruction:  

“Train up a child in THE WAY he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)

Influence, impact, inspire your child to influence, impact and inspire others.

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