All throughout the news lately we have seen stories of the college admission scandal. People of influence using their influence and money to lie and/or buy admission for their children in to the college/university that their child is “supposed” to go to.
Reading through all of these articles led to me reading an article on “Snowplow Parents”, parents who go before their children to clear the way of any hint of a conflict. Throughout the article the author spoke of the damage that is done to the students because they have absolutely no idea how to deal with conflict because mom & dad took care of it for them.
As parents we have the great responsibility and privilege of raising our children. As Christian parents we have the mandate to raise our children in “the way they should go.” (Proverbs 22:6) With this comes our responsibility to teach them how to navigate conflict, but more importantly, to teach them about sin.
Sin exists. It exists in everyone. They have sin. We, as parents, have sin. We MUST teach our students about sin. Teach them about the effects of sin. Teach them about the confession & repentance of sin. Show them what it is to fully believe that Jesus’ death on the cross pays for our forgiveness and makes a way for us to enter into a relationship with God the Father.
This leads into an even greater opportunity. The opportunity to teach our students about grace. Our students are not perfect. They will never be. They will make mistakes, but thanks be to God that we are never expected to be perfect. As Christians we are saved by grace, through faith. (Ephesians 2:8)
May our biggest expectation of our students be that they live lives that glorify God. May we be be their biggest coaches and biggest encouragers as they strive to honor Him.
Director of Student Life
Logos Preparatory Academy
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