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7 Lessons You Didn’t Learn in School…But Need to Teach Your Kids!!

Raise your hand if you have ever heard these sayings.… “You get what you pay for.” “What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger.” “Don’t beat yourself up over things not in your control.” By the way, both my hands are up!! I’ve heard these words of wisdom my entire life!

We forget that sometimes great wisdom makes great sense!

Proverbs 3:13 says “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.” True wisdom is rare in our culture and will be even more rare if we don’t take the time to instill wisdom in the hearts of our children! Are you teaching your child life-changing truth that will guide them through difficult paths? Here are seven simple yet profound truths that don’t come from textbooks that you need to teach your kids!

1. You will NOT make $50,000 a year right out of high school!

-Your value isn’t based on what you think you are worth but what others think you are worth. Since when is an ‘entry-level job’ considered a bad thing? Get in there and demonstrate your worth. People will notice!!

LIFE LESSON: Make sure you are worth what you are paid!

2. Life is not divided into SEMESTERS! You don’t get summers off! -Isn’t it great getting the summers off as a kid! Everything changes in the summer…school, chores, sleep, schedule, habits, routines…

-However, life’s problems, burdens and struggles aren’t divided into semesters…you don’t get the summer off in life! So when opportunities to rest and recharge come along, teach your kids that they need to take advantage of them!

LIFE LESSON: Opportunities to rest are seldom labeled!

3. Life is not fair; get used to it!

-If you think that life’s events are full of equality, good luck with that! If you look to life to bring peace, safety, comfort, ease of mind, then here will be plenty of events in life that you will look back and question the ‘fairness’ of the outcome. Teach your kids to be able to accept those ‘unfair outcomes’ as learning opportunities.

LIFE LESSON: Life is hard, but God is good!

4. Schools may have done away with WINNERS and LOSERS, but life has NOT!

-There are winners in life and there are losers. I’m referring, of course, to the result of the choices you make. It is possible to be quite successful financially and yet be a loser when it comes to family and relationships.

-Here is a profound statement…You will be tomorrow what you are becoming today! Teach your kids that the decisions they make today will have life-long repercussions. LIFE LESSON: You alone are accountable for your actions!

5. Be nice to NERDS! Chances are you’ll end up working for one!

-I say this tongue-in-cheek. I’m referring, of course, to the truth that you never know who you will your authority in the future. Chances are it won’t be the ‘cool guy’ from high school or the ‘popular squad’ from the senior class. Usually those that work the hardest in life are rewarded with promotions and positions….and then respect those that work hard and get promoted!

LIFE LESSON: Treat all people with kindness!

6. Television is not REALITY! -There is a Disney movie called “The Little Mermaid.” Although this is a animated film about a young mermaid that just wants to have feet so she can fall in love, it is full of worldview philosophy that is just nonsensical!This movie symbolizes what I call “The Little Mermaid Syndrome.”

This movie teaches that… If you disobey your parents, reject their wisdom, listen to your heart, neglect your responsibilities, give in to peer pressure, run away from home, go to your enemies for help, be discontent with who you are, change your appearance, chase after friendships, and deceive people into thinking you are something you are not, then in the end you will save the day, be the hero, be finally appreciated for who you are, will understood by your parents, and will of course be loved by all for being both beautiful on the inside and outside.

LIFE LESSON: What you see on tv is not reality!

7. If you mess up, it’s not your PARENT’S fault! -Too many kids grow up with mom and dad taking the blame for all their

actions. Don’t get me wrong. Parents are the primary shaper and molder of their children’s lives. However, when kids mess up or make mistakes, they must take responsibility for their action.

-No one is automatically saved because of their parent’s salvation. -No one grows spiritually automatically. -You must take the steps to prepare yourself for your spiritual walk -Be willing to accept the steps of preparation that the Lord brings into your life.

LIFE LESSON: Responsibility is VITAL! Take responsibility for yourself!

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DJHarry Isaiah 64:8 We are the clay

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