While it was a real pain for a while, once I removed that screen and saw what the filter had prevented from coming into my favorite mug, I was pretty grateful the screen had done its job. It had protected me from the less than ideal parts of the coffee.
My relationship with God is much the same. When I am in tune with Him, He enables me to sift out the less than desirable pieces. It’s when I run off on my own, without giving thought to His desire for me, that I find myself in trouble.
The “God-filter” sometimes requires that I make tough choices. It sometimes says that I can’t watch or listen to certain things. That there are popular books that everyone else is reading that I shouldn’t read. Sometimes, the “God-filter” reminds me that my kids are His and I need to remember that they don’t really belong to me. The “God-Filter” requires that I live differently than the rest of the world, which is sometimes lonely.
We often talk with our kids about their “God-filter”. When we are in a relationship with Him, we should run all decisions through the “God-filter”. He is the one who helps filter the yuck out of our lives and yields only the very best product. The world we live in tells my kids that they should run things through the “if it feels good” or “my way” filter. This is completely contrary to what God’s Word teaches us.
- Teaching our kids the value of using this filter cannot be done in one day or with one devotional or scripture reading. It must become a way of life for us. It must be done “when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up”. Discover practical ways to show your kids that their “God-filter” should affect every part of their lives.
- Enter into conversations when NOT in the heat of battle. Choosing which movies to see when kids are faced with pressure in front of friends is not the time to make these sort of decisions. These are things that are best decided upon as a family ahead of time.
- Live this out in front of your kids. Did you face temptation at work today? Did you really want to watch something all of your friends were watching? Talk about how you were affected by this, and how you had to think and pray about how God would have you respond. Nothing teaches your kids the way your modeling will.