Special Days: Sitting out side reading together, taking you to the zoo, teachng along side you at AWANA, watching you grow up.
We looked at a variety of things that the kids have to do each day requiring discipline. Some examples include homework assignments, household chores, studying for a test, sports practices, etc. Failure to do these (or others) usually have immediate consequences if the students fail to do them. In contrast, I explained that when students do not make it a priority to spend time with God, there are no immediate consequences (i.e. They aren't kicked of the team, don't have to take a class over, etc.). However, if they do not set aside time to listen to God, they eventually pay a price because if they don't listen, they don't learn. If they don't learn, they won't change. They won't show proper respect from God. (Taken from The Seven Checkpoints--Andy Stanley)
Last night we began taking them through the first of a series of "Disciplines" we will be looking at: Reading the Word. I think it would really be helpful if you are able to follow-up with your kids in the coming weeks to encourage them to put this (along with the others we will cover--Prayer, Journaling, Scripture Memory) into practice (if they are not doing so already). From some of our small group time last week, it was good to hear that several of the kids in the groups were already having time alone with the Lord doing some of these things. "