God has designed it so that parents play a huge role in developing and influencing their children, no matter what their age. One of the reasons we talk about the ways parents can influence their children, is because the depth of your relationship will determine the depth of your influence, and what you do with your influence will determine the health and wellbeing of your family.
1. What is one way that being a parent is completely different than you thought it would be when you were younger?
2. Read Deuteronomy 6:4-9. How do these verses show God’s plan for parents to be some of the primary influencers in their children’s lives?
3. How does the question “Who do I want my children to become?” bring clarity to what you are supposed to do with the influence God has given you? What are the ways this question can help you see beyond the present, and develop a vision for the person you want them to be?
4. How does Deuteronomy 6:4-9 illustrate that parenting is more about who your kids are becoming than about what they’re doing? What are some of the ways these verses show you how to be intentional in encouraging your children as they pursue God?
5. In your parenting, how do you clarify what is important, and focus your priorities on the things that matter most? How do you think your children would respond to this question of what is most important to you?
6. Are there ways you can adjust how you respond to your children with your goals for them in mind, and not just react to them in the moment?
7. Can you think of something practical you can do that will begin to influence who your children will become and how they will pursue God?