Today, I want to touch on something a bit different but just as crucial—character. I recently had a heart-to-heart with Dr. Kathy Koch on my Warfare Parenting Podcast. She’s not just a parenting expert; she’s a game-changer, bringing biblical insights that can alter the culture. She recently released her newest book, “Parent Differently: Raise Kids with Biblical Character that Changes Culture,” and it was so powerful for me.
Here is the first of a three-part series with Dr. Kathy Koch on raising kids with Biblical character.
The Essence of Character
Why Does It Matter?
Dr. Koch kicks us off by defining character as more than just our good deeds—it’s the heart of who we are. It shapes our moral principles, decision-making, and reputation. But why should you care about character, especially in parenting? Here are a few reasons we discussed:
– Guides Priorities: Your child’s character will define what’s important to them.
– Designs Destiny: Yes, I said destiny. A solid character opens doors of opportunities.
– Influences Others: Good character allows your child to make a meaningful impact.
What hits home here is how biblical character isn’t just a personal trait; it’s a game-changer for society.
The Web of Traits
How Are They Connected?
Ever wondered why some traits seem to go hand in hand? Dr. Koch laid it out beautifully: qualities like patience, kindness, and respect are all connected—they build on each other.
So, if you see your child struggling with patience, it might be worth digging a little deeper. Could jealousy or pride be the real culprits? Kathy suggests to:
– Look Below the Surface: Don’t just see the trait; find the root cause.
– Address the Underlying Issue: Tackling the root makes room for genuine growth.
Raising Children with Biblical Character
Strategies for Success
Raising children with Godly character isn’t just about setting rules; it’s about life transformation. Here are Kathy’s tips on how to do just that:
- Model Christ-like Behavior: Be the example they need to see every day.
- Teach & Motivate: Use your love for God as the drive to impart these traits.
- Spirit-filled Leadership: Guide them to be filled with the Spirit, not just rule-followers.
- Replace Lies with Truth: Identify those unhealthy beliefs and fill their minds with biblical truth.
She stresses that it all boils down to one thing—beliefs drive behavior.
Beyond Just Morals
The Ultimate Goal
At the end of the day, it’s not about ticking off a moral checklist. It’s about abundant living, guided by biblical standards, that allows your child to influence the world positively. As Dr. Koch puts it, character development might be challenging, but it’s worth every drop of sweat and every tear.
Wrapping It Up
I urge you to pick up Dr. Kathy Koch’s book, “Parent Differently: Raise Kids with Biblical Character that Changes Culture.” It’s a must-read, and I encourage group reading for mutual growth and encouragement. You can find it and connect with her ministry at Celebrate Kids.
I encourage you not just to read but act because, trust me, character is the gift that keeps on giving.