A Call to Action: How to Get Your Christian Parenting Priorities Right This Year

By Natasha Crain

Happy New Year! I really enjoyed my blogging break and am excited to start posting again.

I love the start of a new year because it feels like there are so many opportunities to adjust the things in your life you know aren’t quite right. Yet everyone knows the vast majority of resolutions are doomed to failure. Why is that?

A lot of it has to do with priorities. We just won’t end up changing something unless that change is more important to us than all the other things competing for our attention.

The same goes for making needed changes to our parenting. If you realize that you’re not working on the spiritual development of your kids as much as you should be, I have one question that can help you change everything.

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Ask yourself this: “What do I want more than anything for my kids?”

Try not to look at the rest of the post right now. Just answer that in your own head and be very honest with yourself. Got your answer? Read on.

I’ve heard parents answer this question many times in casual conversation. They almost always say, “I just want my kids to be happy,” or “I just want my kids to be good people,” or “I just want my kids to follow their dreams.”

If one of those answers (or one like it) is your strongest desire as a parent, your kids’ spiritual development will suffer.

Is that harsh? Overly dramatic? Not at all. Consider the question of parenting priorities in light of what Jesus says in Matthew 16:26:

“What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?”

This verse should be extremely convicting to every single one of us as Christian parents…

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How to Get Your Christian Parenting Priorities Right This Year