Spiritual Parenting

I have been thinking about this lately.  It could be the series at church that is sparking the interest… could be that Chili burger from Ross’.  No.  It’s got to be the series….

I mentioned in my Men’s Journey Group the other day about spiritually leading our children and being the dad’s God intends for us to be.  There are also children out there who don’t have a spiritual leader in their home who loves Jesus.  I’ve been thinking about that.  I’ve been thinking about how important it is to be looking out for our children’s friends too. 

When your kids or your kids friends are 40 who is it that they are going to say spiritually mentored them?  Are you spiritually fit to lead your children or others? Is it you who will step up to the call?  I hope so!

Below are some statistics I received from Don Miller from the Belmount Foundation.

The Cost of Absent Fathers

  • 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes. (U.S. D.H.H.S., Bureau of the Census)
  • 75% of adolescents patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes. (Rainbows for all God’s Children)
  • 70% of juveniles in state operated insitutions have no fathers. (U.S. Dept. of Justice, Special Report)
  • 85% of youth in prison had no fathers at home. (Fulton Co. Georgia jail population, Texas Dept. of Correction)
  • 90% of homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes. (U.S. D.H.H.S., Bureau of the Census)
  • 71% of high school dropouts come from fatherless homes (National Principal Association Report on the State of High Schools)
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One thought on “Spiritual Parenting

  1. he just wrote a book about this whole thing… i havent read it yet,
    but i’m sure it’s great!
    sorry i wasnt there wed. morn.
    i have been blessed with a great father who i can sit with and talk
    about spiritual things… as we did this morning in talking about the
    “kingdom of this world and the kingdom of God”.

    being a father to the fatherless is one thing that i believed was
    Christ great priorities for us as christians, and i believe that this
    is tied up in the idea that our earthly fathers can influence our view
    of our heavenly Father.

    as i read those statistics again, i am mortified and i understand (in much more depth) that Christ doesnt want ANYONE to be a slave to sin or live in the bondage of incarceration, be it physical or spiritual, so in light of those statistics, i sense the urgency of God’s commands (psalms 82:3), and james’ call to true religion (james 1:26).

    gotta go. tornadoes!

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