Americans have a reputation for resourcefulness: Pose to us a problem, and we are quick to assign people and resources to find the solution. Many classroom teachers across America encourage resourcefulness in their students by encouraging them to find for themselves answers to challenging questions. They promote problem solving skills and stimulate effective decision making skills by posing questions rather than providing all the answers.
Studies show that children who do not learn to be resourceful lack personal initiative and often demonstrate qualities of laziness, helplessness, or increased dependence on others.
As a parent, do you regularly promote resourcefulness in your child?
Training a child to be resourceful will prepare them to one-day live independently as an adult.
As a parent, do you regularly promote spiritual resourcefulness in your child?
Training a child to be spiritually resourceful can also have enormous benefits. It is God’s will for parents to train their children to become spiritually disciplined adults. Teaching a child to be resourceful in this manner will equip him to live a spiritually effective life apart from you.
Hosea 10:12 provides instruction concerning personal resourcefulness: Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers righteousness on you.
Are you training your child to sow for him or herself righteousness?
- Training him to develop a personal relationship with Jesus through prayer and the reading of God’s Word
- Teaching him ways to study the Bible and encouraging him to memorize it
- Showing him what it looks like to walk in obedience to God’s Word
- Challenging him to pursue Christ with his entire being
Are you encouraging your young person to “reap the fruit of unfailing love”?
- Teaching him that God’s love never fails, but that we need to learn what pleases and displeases Him
- Teaching him that we reap what we sow; therefore obedience to God produces a harvest of blessing
Are you challenging your child to break up for him or herself any unplowed ground?
- Teaching him that unplowed ground is incapable of receiving seed, growing seed, and producing a crop.
- Training him that being open to hearing and receiving biblical truth, and allowing it to develop in his life is a choice and is necessary in order to be bear fruit for Christ’s kingdom.
What a wonderful promise for parents to know that God showers the spiritually resourceful with His righteousness. In what way will you begin today training your child to become spiritually resourceful?