On stage at the MTV Video Music Awards last week, dads got a lesson in abdication of responsibility to be the primary influence in their children’s lives. If Miley Cyrus had grown up less under the influence of the world, Hannah Montana may have matured more gracefully.
Dads must stand in the gap to offset the influence world-encounters are having on their children by providing God-encounters in the home. Here are some tips:
- Take an inventory of world-encounters influencing your home – messages conveyed through TV/cable channels, internet, radio, texting, magazines, etc.
- Take an inventory of God-encounters in your home – hugs, dinner together as a family, prayer time, spiritual discussions, family devotion time, Christian radio, etc.
- Compare the two, discuss them as a family and agree on action to take.
As you stand in the gap against worldly influence by providing God-encounters in your home, you will be a hero in your children’s eyes.