Focus on Excellent or Praiseworthy Things

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As parents, we’ve got to take the reins. We’ve got to look at what our world is telling our children and teach them right from wrong.

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8

God did not design the family to be an island or some autonomous, independent little thing. He doesn’t want it to be your family against the world.

And as parents, we like to think that society is helping us out. We like to imagine that our children are being taught the same lessons outside the home as they are in the home. That way, the burden on our shoulders is lighter; it takes less work.

But it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to take a panoramic look at society and figure out that not much out there supports and defends the values of the family. From music lyrics to governmental policies, many of the values that God wants us to uphold are falling by the wayside.

So, as parents, we’ve got to take the reins. Parenting is tough work. We’ve got to look at what our world is telling our children and teach them right from wrong. I’m not saying we have run around wearing blinders or earmuffs, but we do have to recognize what is out there.

Make sure the entertainment choices of your family sync up with God’s plan for your family. Take Philippians 4:8 to heart. Talk about what you watch, listen to and read. And then decide to only focus on those things that are “excellent or praiseworthy.”

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