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April 11, 2018, 9:40 AM

We're Becoming Our Parents...YIKES!

When you were a kid there were probably things your parents said to you that you promised to yourself that you'd never say to your kids. Things like, "This is going to hurt me more than it's going to hurt you." We all knew that this wasn't true, especially when we peeked back and saw the tiniest smile. Or when your parents said, "Do you want a spanking?" YES...please, hit me as hard as you want...I love it!! 

No matter how much you said you'd never say some of these things to your kids you might have found yourself saying them. One of those that I've said to my kids is, "because I said so." I didn't like that as a kid, because it seemed like a pretty lame answer. I mean, of course you said so, but WHY did you say so. I rarely ever got the answer to that, and I hated it. But now I've found myself saying it, because now I'm the parent. I'm the one in authority, and that authority is enough. Discipleship does not work this way. 

Jesus did not threaten people or coerce people into following him..he influenced them. He showed them a better way. 

Jesus chose twelve men to follow him around and become disciples or followers. They followed him around and they watched him live. They ate together, they walked together, they lived together, and he discipled them by teaching and even more importantly by showing them. 

I love the story of the little children coming to Jesus. The disciples did not see the value of this. The people had brought the kids for Jesus to touch and pray over them. Jesus rebuked the disciples and brought them up on his lap and blessed them. Jesus was showing the disciples how to treat people. He was showing them that all people are important, not just the ones that we deem important. Even kids with runny noses and dirty shoes are important. 

Discipleship is done best by simply showing people how life is done. Bring people along with you and show them. Parenting is much the same. We can talk until we are blue in the face, but demonstrating to our children how life is lived is way better. So take some time out of your busy life and show someone how life is lived. Show someone how to treat others. Show someone how to treat your spouse. Show someone how to handle a job. 

Be influential in the lives of the people around you..not just by words, but by action, too. 

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