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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Raising World-Changers

Back in March, I wrote a post about my interview with Dr. Robin Johnson. Dr. Johnson traveled with my Children's HopeChest team to Russia last summer. You can read Robin's story in the article "Heart of a World Changer."

Not only was I inspired by Robin's passion for the world—specifically orphans—but I was also challenged by her example as a parent. Robin says:

"Even among good Christians, there's a concept that it's all about their children—caring for their needs, making sure they're happy, making sure they're getting educated. Kids are learning, It's all about me. We're hoping to instill in our children that it is about God and His vision and whether we're being woven into the tapestry of His purposes."



At 8:37 AM, Anonymous Kelsey said...

True dat sista!!

At 11:24 AM, Anonymous Mark Wilson said...

Hi Suzanne

Greets from Jerusalem.

Great post. Hmmm... I imagine it requires a delicate balance.

It *IS* all about them in order for them to be healthy and know love and acceptance. As they experience that from their parents, they can see that God could have that for them too.

Living with a distant father and a home that is troubled and lacking in love... is a recipe for not accepting that God loves us or that He is reliable.

So there is a balance to be found... and I don't know where exactly it is. I'd say that if the parents love the child and they love God... the child will love the parents and learn to love God too.

So I'd say that the key is to love the child - it *is* about them - and to model loving God to them. To SHOW them how to love God and involve them in loving Him.

I'm not sure how to do that, but I'm keen to figure it out with someone someday. hehehe. Should be fun!

Bless you,

At 8:14 AM, Blogger Suzanne said...

Interesting thoughts, Mark. It seems that maybe one of the best ways to love your kids, though, is to teach them the Kingdom rules: "the first will be last and the last will be first." Robin did a good job of this.

At 9:53 AM, Anonymous Mark Wilson said...

You're right Suzanne. :)


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