Show Notes

Fun Times with Dad: I took Emma and Nolan to All Fired Up in West Lafayette to do a craft project. We purchased a ceramic item and they got to paint it. I like to have stuff like this to do during break.

Eli

In this episode I talk about passive parenting and the example we find in the Bible. 1 Samuel 2 talks about Eli and the disaster that his sons are. They are wicked and sinful. The Bible calls them corrupt. But Eli doesn’t do much to help the situation. He knows what’s going on but he doesn’t do anything about it.

Kyle Idleman actually talks about this in his book, AHA (chapter 10). He says that all the action Eli took was that he gives them a good talking to.

What Do We Honor More Than God?

Do you honor your children more than God? God poses this question to Eli and challenges him on his job as a parent. We cannot put our children above God. Regardless of how tired we are at the end of the day, we need to take care of the things that we need to take care of.

Our passive approach to the action God has called us to take shows that we are honoring something more than Him. – Kyle Idleman

Reject Passivity in Your Parenting

As humans we have a tendency to let our responsibility as parents slide. When I come home from work, I’d prefer to kick back for a relaxing evening. But sometimes there are issues to be dealt with. Perhaps one of the kids who was out of sorts and I need to give my wife a break. This was more often an issue when our kids are little, but being an intentional parent is having your responsibility of parenting at the top of mind.

An intentional parent will reject passivity.

Links:
1 Samuel 2:12-36
AHA – Kyle Idleman