It’s Up To You

There comes a time when you realise your children will make their own decisions. 

2 Chronicles 27:1-9

Reference: He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father Uzziah had done, but unlike him he did not enter the temple of the Lord. The people, however, continued their corrupt practices. (2 Chronicles 27:2 NIV)

Explore: Raising a teenager is not always easy. There are certainly the joys of your children becoming more independent and building on their personalities, however, there is also the worry about them making poor choices that will greatly affect them.

It was always fairly clear what the values of our family were. In case they weren’t obvious we even set the boundaries of our expectations. And yet, there came a time when we realised that no matter how clear we may have been with our guidelines, our child would make their own decisions.

You hope and pray that they make Godly, healthy and rewarding decisions, but you can’t control what they finally decide. All you can do is show them examples in your own life of the best way to live.

Application: Jotham was a good king. In his 16 year reign he served God faithfully and made some key contributions to the people. And yet, they chose to follow other gods.

I wonder if Jotham spent sleepless nights worried about his people. I wonder if he prayed to God, asking what else he could do.

It’s easy to spend hours every day concerned for our children, but there comes a great freedom when we acknowledge that they are responsible for their own actions. Some of the consequences are hard to watch, but we can only control our own actions.

As parents and leaders, our aim is to give the best example of how to act, but also allow the freedom for others to learn from their own experiences.

Prayer: Lord, sometimes it’s so hard to let go. Help us to display a great example of a disciple, but not feel guilt when others choose their own path. Amen.

When have you observed someone making a poor choice?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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