“Ask yourself how you would act if the entire world was watching – then act accordingly”.
You are a leader whether you want to be or not! Someone is always watching you and trying to do what you do or say. Have you ever watched a little girl ‘discipline’ her doll? Did the words and tone she used sound familiar? She was acting like her mom, right?
I love the beginning of the school year. We pray for the kids. We come together as a family and talk about what we are excited about and what we are nervous about for the school year. Who knew your first show and tell could be a scary thought instead of an exciting thought? But if you think about it, you have to go up in front of everyone and ad-lib a story that you hope is either thrilling or funny. So there is some pressure there if you are in Kindergarten.
We also take this time to talk to the kids about our expectations for the next year. One concept we talk about is leadership. We tell each of our kids that they are leaders. They will each have people watching them trying to figure out what to do next. We talk about what a good leader does, what they say and how they treat others. We remind them that they have Jesus inside of them so they are capable of being a good example and making wise choices.
This past Sunday I was teaching in our children’s church and we were talking about how to be a good leader. Our memory verse was 1 Timothy 4:12
1 Timothy 4:12 (NLT)
Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.
I am a firm believer that a child can make a big difference in this world, even while they are still a child. Their faith is so pure and hasn’t been shaken by the world. They love unconditionally and take joy in serving others.
We talked about King Josiah in the Old Testament. It wasn’t until recently that I learned more about King Josiah. All I had previously known him as is a king who was crowned at aged 8. I wanted the kids to know that God has used kids in the past to do great things and He could use them this school year to do great things in their school.
As I was studying I learned some valuable lessons from young King Josiah. Use these as tools to make yourself a better leader for your kids and to encourage your kids to start these behaviors now so that they can carry on the legacy.
A Good Leader:
- Follows the example of other good leaders. King Josiah followed the example of King David. Who in your life do you see as a good leader? Spend time with them. Learn from them. Ask them questions. (2 Kings 22-2)
- Asks for forgiveness when they mess up. A good leader is humble enough to realize and admit they do not know everything or do it right every time. (2 Kings 22:19-20)
- Reads their Bible and does what the Bible says to do. It is not just about head knowledge but also about heart knowledge. A good leader puts into practice what is coming out of their mouth. (2 Kings 23:1-3; James 1:22)
- Gets rid of anything that tempts them to sin. We all have our weaknesses but a good leader will set up healthy boundaries to set themselves up for success. (2 Kings 23:4-20)
- Makes good habits to help them obey God. A good leader will set their schedule up in such a way to have success. They will buy and surround themselves with the tools they need to succeed. They will also set up accountability to keep themselves on track. (2 Kings 23:21-23)
- They will actively pursue loving God with all their heart, soul and strength. Life is a journey. One that we will all be on for hopefully quite awhile. To continue to keep our hearts pure towards God we have to actively pursue God and grow in our knowledge of His love. (2 Kings 23:25)
We as parents have an awesome responsibility to raise our children in such a way that when they are old they can be godly examples for others to follow. King Josiah is a great example of someone their age that did something mighty for the kingdom. Will you join me today to purposefully train our children to walk in these character traits of a good leader? If we band together I know they can make a difference in this world, far beyond what I can do alone!