Summary: Leadership in the home and at work are similar. We must always remember the people surrounding us are on loan from God. We should take the role seriously as a follower of Jesus to train them up in the way they should go.

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The urban dictionary classifies a hacker as: as someone who strictly pursues creature comforts through completely legal means that while frustrating to others; allow him to live his best life

We are all hackers looking for shortcuts or ways to do things which are less stressful and more comfortable.

Olive Oil - Make Up Remover - The hack: Mix one part olive oil and with two parts water together and apply it to your skin in small circular motions. Then remove it by using a hot cloth. Voila!

Olive Oil - Wood/Shoe Polisher

Olive Oil - Teeth Whitener an ancient Ayurveda ritual

Life is hard enough so finding the fastest way to, or through, the obstacles of life seems like an appropriate subject in this covid reality we have found ourselves in.

So we will be sharing simple shortcuts to help you live your best life. Over the next few weeks, we will offer parenting/leadership, purpose, work and even a simple shortcut to God.

Today, we will look for our parenting and leadership in general using a shortcut from the Old Testament book written by a man who many believe was one of the wisest ever. Its challenging to raise the next generation. (not just parents but anyone who leads children with example) We wish it was simple. Here’s a simple saying we have all heard and maybe put our hope in...

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not depart from it.

(Prov 22:6)

Now, the problem with many of us is we read this as a promise. A promise that if we raise them in the faith, they will stay on the course. But that’s not what it says, nor is that the truth. It’s a PROVERB, not a PROMISE.

(1) Don’t forget the first story in the Bible (Just review Genesis 1-3)

Tell the story of Adam and Eve along with God as the perfect parent/ leader giving them everything they could have wanted and yet...

Perfect PARENTING/Leadership + Perfect ENVIRONMENT + No SIN NATURE = still demonstrates REBELLION at its worst - death

So we have a challenge that even if we raise the next generation in the right truth, we have no guarantee that it will take hold of their life always. So we should be realistic about that challenge.

Similarly, we should be realistic about who is guilty when children go astray because...

(2) Don’t count on a promise God never made in fact, refer to Ezekiel 18 (especially 1-4, 20)

We may feel extremely guilty about the next generation going astray… taking this idea upon ourselves. Exodus 20:5, “You shall not bow down to [idols] or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation...” Specific instance to specific audience… idolatry. When the parents worship an idol, you can expect that practice to trickle down through the generations (old idols or new ones like money, self-satisfaction, or possessions).

The child will not be punished for the parent’s sins, and the parent will not be punished for the child’s sins. Righteous people will be rewarded for their own righteous behavior, and wicked people will be punished for their own wickedness. Ez 18:20

The truth as defined in scriptures says in essence, “each of us is responsible for our own actions.” Parents and leaders are called to lead well but the results of another person’s life is between them and God. There are always consequences for rebellion and always mercy and grace for those who repent. This helps us to not have false guilt about choices made by the next generation.

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not depart from it.

The proverb doesn’t say they will COME BACK - It says they won’t DEPART. What this means is that no matter what happens, “the Word of the Lord is in them.” His Spirit is calling theirs. If they want to fight, they will come to know the “hole in the soul” as St. Augustine said. They know something isn’t right and your lessons early on may be the reason they return.

Able to minister to Steve before death, mentioned before he was an alter boy, made an impression, before he died he confessed Jesus as savior, with that memory of serving God as a mile marker that God never left him.

<story of person admitting they knew God but weren’t ready to come back or someone who finally does come back>

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