What will 2014 bring for your life? If you are a parent, this question, no doubt, has crossed your mind. What kind of a parent will you be this year? What are the new issues that your children will face, both in their own growth and with the unsettling changes in the culture. It is not uncommon for your thoughts to vacillate between hope and worry. There are new opportunities, but also new dangers to face. At the end of the day, when you are left alone with your thoughts, what will you think about? The Holy Spirit gives particular directions for your thoughts. He says to think about whatever is excellent and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8-9). This positive directive follows a negative admonition to avoid worry. Parents, these words are especially important for you. In the face of all the challenges of rearing children, God directs you to focus your thoughts on those things that are excellent. This command goes far beyond simply having a positive attitude. This command is designed to lead you into a deepening relationship with your Savior as you follow him in parenting.
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