Habit #5 – Develop mentoring relationships.
As parents, we have a profound influence over our children. Nothing can replace the power of building a meaningful relationship with our kids. But creating space for intergenerational discipleship opportunities outside of the home can provide a level of encouragement, personal development, and spiritual development that can be both lasting and empowering.
Many of us can remember how important a youth pastor or mentor was in our lives. In some cases, we had that rare adult in our lives that taught us how to change the oil in our car, or sew back a button to a sweater. But with the busyness of life, these kind of relationships have begun to fall by the wayside.
If we can be intentional about giving our kids opportunities to allow mentors and adults that we know and trust to speak into their lives, we will not only provide discipleship opportunities for God’s people, we will give our kids a chance to encounter Jesus in energizing and surprising ways.