I had the privilege of attending the Life Group Leadership Forum last Saturday (1/15) at Chase Oaks.  The guest speaker was Mack Lake and he used a passage of scripture to make a point about leadership which also applies to parenting (which is all about leadership!!).  The passage is Matthew 14:29-32:

29 “Come,” he said.  Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Notice how Jesus uses the opportunity as a “teachable moment” in Peter’s life.  When Peter was afraid and beginning to sink, Jesus reaches out his hand to save him but, before he pulls him up and into the boat he says, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”  What I love about the example is that Jesus teaches us a great lesson about parenting; struggles and failures are a great time to speak truth into the lives of our kids.  Jesus could have saved Peter, pulled him into the boat, dried him off and helped him get warm.  Instead, Peter was extremely “teachable” when he was reaching for help and the timing of Jesus’ words are a great example to us.

We shouldn’t just protect our kids from harm and destructive behavior.  We need to equip them with the Truth and the skills they will need in life to navigate successfully.  Teachable moments happen every day and we need to look for opportune times to speak into those moments, while they are happening.