In this blog I want to use another image to describe truths in our lives. This week it's the GPS versus the compass. Each is an important tool and each has a place in our world. The compass has been around for a long time. Chinese military leaders used it a thousand years ago to take armies where they needed to be. The GPS on the other hand has only been used recently. It's almost completely replaced the need for a map or compass in urban or populated areas. The only time now that we need a compass is in a remote area where there are no roads for our map app to follow.
In our lives the GPS is similar to our rules. Laws made by our federal, state, and local governments guide our actions. At work we have an employee manual. At school we have a parent and student handbook. Most of the time these rules tell us what is right. Occasionally though, we have new situations in which there are no clear rules. These are the compass situations, the ones in which we follow our values like a compass.
In fact, that's one reason we believe so strongly in teaching Christian morals and values. When the rules are not clear, our values show us what's right. We are blessed to live in a country that rarely violates our Christian values, or requires us to do so. We have a constitutional right to religious liberty that is guaranteed, although it has recently been threatened more than in the past. I'm hopeful that we'll sort all that out and continue to guarantee religious freedoms. On a side note, please pray for people around the world who are being persecuted for their religious beliefs.
Back to values education; take time with your children to make sure they know your values and why you have these values. They really do want to know and understand. Listen to their concerns about value conflicts they see in the world of social media and social relationships. They will have friends with different values. Help them deal with these issues. They are young enough to listen for now. Take advantage of this time. It won't last forever. If they see you model these values, they will most likely accept them and follow them over the course of their lives as well.
Blessings on your parenting,