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The Situation: The adage, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” is true! Similarly, “All play and no work makes Jill a lazy girl.” Some children receive an overdose of sports, TV, school, video games, or even church. Few kids experience the energizing vitality that takes place when their minds, hearts, and bodies are stretched to reach their full potential.
The Solution: Achieving balance is the key to a child’s overall development. Even as a child, Jesus kept things in balance. One simple Bible verse summarizes His childhood: He grew intellectually, physically, spiritually, and socially (Luke 2:52). Balanced discipleship links three dimensions—growth in knowledge, in character, and in conduct. Children must embrace all three.
What You Can Do: These three pursuits will help you build balanced, lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ: 1) Know God intimately—help your child develop a reservoir of Bible knowledge. 2) Love God passionately—practice displaying Christlike character in every area of life. 3) Serve God selflessly—demonstrate faithful conduct that honors God and helps people.
(Luke 2:52; Mark 12:30-31)