Wednesday, June 30, 2010

More Important

Before I type this, I think I know the answer. Here goes: As a parent you do everything you think you should for your children. Teach them manners, responsibility. (Well, at least try too. )

And teach your Faith, about God, Jesus, Church.

And then it happens, I should have seen it coming. They turn around and try to talk to their friends. Except.

That is not very popular.

So, do I now teach that is more important to "walk the walk" and say nothing? How do you learn when it is "right" to say something and when it isn't? And most of all, how does a parent explain that sometimes being popular isn't what it is cracked up to be.

1 comment:

Laura K (NC) said...

It's painful as an adult, too, when faith puts a rift in relationships. I don't think it's ever easy no matter how old you are. This is what confirmation is for, the strength for battle, the spiritual gifts that allow us to actually speak the truth in love -- not compromising the truth, but making it sweet enough that it looks attractive. And being silent when God needs to do the talking. And prayer...

"St Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle," not against our friends, but against the forces of society that corrupt our friends and family and hinder them from knowing the truth of Christ.

The fact that your children have already taken on the world and are licking their battle wounds speaks volumes about their upbringing and the kind of Christians they will eventually grow to be.