SACH Session 3: A Child’s Development – Shaping Influences
Main Idea: Two things contribute to the development of a child: the shaping influences of life and the Godward orientation of their heart. Parents and communities of faith must be concerned with both. You must be concerned with how you structure the shaping influences of life that are under your control. You must also actively shepherd the Godward orientation of your children. Children are not neutral in this process. They are not merely the sum total of what you put into them. They interact with your shaping efforts according to the Godward commitment of their hearts. Raising children is not like operating a plastic extrusion press. Children are responders. They are active in what they become.