Thinking about kids

Yesterday my children had their last day of school for the 2012-2013 school year. That has me reflecting on the school year and all of their events and learning experiences. It amazes me how much they grow, learn and change in just 9 months.
This also has me thinking about Jesus. In Luke 2:52 we see Jesus at the age of 12 going home with his parents and growing in “wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” I usually take this verse to be a complete description of how a child needs to develop. First they grow in wisdom. That is mental growth. They learn and add to their knowledge of the world. Second, they grow in stature. That is physical growth. My kids seem to grow and grow and grow. My job is to help them develop their body through sports and exercise Third is in favor with God. That is spiritual growth. Every year a child needs to be growing in knowledge and obedience to God. I firmly believe they need to learn what God’s word says and then how to apply it to their lives – and then they are to live it out daily. Finally, they are to grow in favor with man. That is social growth. I tell my children over and over that I estimate better than half of the problems in their adult life will be in relationship to others. Children need to learn how to relate to other children, to members of the opposite sex, to adults and to the elderly.
My wife and I have committed ourselves to helping our children develop as complete individuals as God designed them.
Honestly, I often see people neglect one or more of these areas. For example, they have smart kids who are socially awkward. Maybe they are very athletic and social but they have terrible grades. Maybe, just maybe, they are growing in their walk with God and have no social skills. And so on and so on…
I believe Jesus was the perfect man and he developed in a way that is a pattern for all children. My question is very simple, “I am helping my children to develop completely as adults?” What about you?

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