How do I keep my children from participating in most things the world does?


From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I’m struggling with how to help my kids understand the principle of living in the world but not being part of the world. We’re a Christian family wanting to shine God’s light in a dark world, but as a mother, I don’t want my children to participate in most things the world does. How does one go about this? – I.W.

A: Sometimes after a big meal, we’re so full we don’t want one more bite. There’s …

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October 08, 2021

The Pitfalls of Irresponsibility


2 Thessalonians 3:6-13

God wants us to be diligent in our work and faithful to complete it. But in our self-absorbed, pleasure-seeking culture, it’s very easy to get side-tracked into laziness or irresponsibility. This sin is dangerous in a Christian’s life because of the harm that can result: Relationships with loved ones go untended, the needs of others are overlooked, and our work becomes sloppy.

As Christ’s followers, we are to represent Him in our character, conduct, and conversation. Laziness, however, suggests we are unreliable and untrustworthy. What’s more, it wastes both the time and the gifts the Lord has given us. All of these things hurt our witness.

Irresponsible behavior doesn’t fit who we are in Christ. Our Lord modeled diligence for us by accomplishing all that the Father gave Him to do, and as a result, the Father was glorified (John 17:4). Some day we will each give an account to God and receive compensation for what we have done, whether it was good or worthless (2 Cor. 5:10). If you realize you’ve been careless in some area of your life, confess it as sin. Then ask God for the grace to resist laziness and pursue diligence.

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