A Posture For Change

“For observe this very thing, that you sorrowed in a godly manner: What diligence it produced in you, what clearing of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what vehement desire, what zeal, what vindication! In all things you proved yourselves to be clear in this matter.” (2 Corinthians 7:11 NKJV)
I’ve been blessed to work many years with kids in every stage of development. From being an Assistant Director at a daycare and Athletic Director for the Boys and Girls Club to being an outreach minister at a youth detention facility, Youth Minister,  and a substitute teacher for all grades, I’ve seen the good, the bad, and everything in between.

 

One thing that I’ve observed is student behavior changes based on parental involvement. Basically, kids behave differently with teachers and other authority figures than they do with their parents. Kids who terrorize the classroom sometimes transform into angels when their parents call a conference with the teacher. In other cases kids who are defiant and disobedient at home straighten up and fly right, be helpful, and obey every command from their coaches. This leads me to believe kids will display better behavior in the presence of the authority figure they love and respect most.

 

If we reverenced the presence of God like those kids reverence the parents and authority figures in their lives, our behavior would become more godly. The fear (loving reverence) of the Lord helps us achieve the right posture for repentance and life changes. Knowing and acknowledging his presence can help us straighten up and fly right in our faith. 

 

What attitudes, habits, or sins would you change if you knew God was with you?

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