This Is Us | Being a Great Parent

How would you describe your family? Whatever you might say, it’s likely your description would be unique to most of the people you know. American families are increasingly diverse. The dictionary says that “family” means “a group of parents and children living together in a household.”  That may not even be what describes your family. But whatever your “This is Us” looks like, God loves you and has a great word for how life can get better and better.

Parenting is the most demanding and challenging job in life. We all love our children and want to get it right. Whatever our US looks like, we’re going to learn how to bring out the best in our children...actually, this will work in all relationships.

  1. Prepare your kids for life. (responsibility, character, values)

  2. Protect your kids in storms. (change, failure, rejection)

  3. Play with your kids for fun. (it’s not just a learning center - it should be party central!)

  4. Point your kids to God.

A special word to those who aren’t parents: YOU ARE GIFTED. YOU HAVE LOVE AND SKILLS TO SHARE. RE-DIRECT.

Message Notes

No family is perfect. But if you want your family to be healthy, here’s the way:

  1. Prepare your kids for life.

    1. Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people. Luke 2:52

    2. Responsibility

    3. Character

    4. Values

  2. Protect your kids in storms.

    1. Those who fear the LORD are secure; he will be a refuge for their children. Proverbs 14:26

    2. Change

    3. Failure

    4. Rejection

  3. Play with your kids for fun.

    1. Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him. Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them! Psalm 127:3-5

    2. Enjoy

    3. Celebrate

  4. Point your kids to God.

    1. Knowing God results in every other kind other kind of understanding. Proverbs 9:10

    2. Everything else is worthless compared with the priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Philippians 3:8

    3. Who you are

    4. What you do

    5. What you say

    6. Who you bring into their lives

Action Step

Make a plan to move forward in each of the four areas. (Preparing, protecting, playing with, and pointing your children to God)