“Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.” Proverbs 3:7-8
M46 Challenge: Talk to your children about always doing the right thing. Sometimes the best decision is to walk away, and not be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Share a story of your experience and always do the right thing.
Tolstoy said, “Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it.” Indeed.
As we explored in our discussion of peer pressure, we know that our children will be tempted and challenged in their own beliefs. But we must reinforce to them that He is always with them and will be their source of strength when they stand firm for what they know is right and true.
Likewise, we must teach them that poor choices have consequences – perhaps even penalties. And, even if the majority are sharing in the poor decision, as Tolstoy described, those penalties will still apply. There is no exemption or mercy for “following the crowd.”
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help my daughter to be able to leave bad situations and stay under your arc of safety. In Jesus name, Amen.
Thoughts: Have we taught (and demonstrated) that the best strategy to select “right” and the best weapon against “wrong” is prayer? Do our children feel comfortable (and welcome!) calling for advice and/or extrication when faced with a situation where they know they are surrounded by “wrong”? See Days 8, 9, 13, and 5.
Next time, we’ll consider the topic of consequences. Until then, be well and be blessed.
Keep it Lit,